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Carlisle: Dirk is MVP

Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:17 pm
NEW YORK – Rick Carlisle was in a giving mood Wednesday night after the Mavericks’ sixth straight victory, awarding the MVP trophy to Dirk Nowitzki and naming Tyson Chandler to the Western Conference All-Star roster. 

The Mavs’ coach, of course, doesn’t have the power to do either – aside from his vote for All-Star reserves, which will be announced Thursday night. But after Nowitzki scored a game-high 29 points in only 32 minutes – on efficient 10-for-16 shooting – you can forgive Carlisle for being a little giddy about recent developments for a team that was sucking wind only a week ago. 

“I sense that he’s building each game on the last and that we’re headed the right direction with this thing,” Carlisle said after the Mavs beat the Knicks 113-97. “And talk about MVP candidates, if you look at what happened to us when he was out, if you look at his plus-minus, I think he’s the number one plus-minus guy in the the entire league. Based on that, he should be the MVP. That means he’s more valuable to our team than any other star is to theirs. And so his presence on the floor and his healthy presence is huge for us.” 

No argument here. That’s why I put Dirk on my Western Conference reserves. But MVP? Sure, the Mavs were 2-7 while Nowitzki was out with a knee injury that only now is “close to 100 percent,” according to Dirk himself. And as for the plus-minus reference, Nowitzki actually is ninth in the NBA at plus-310. He’s first on the Mavs, though – and perhaps leading the league in the Mavs’ interpretation of plus-minus, which can be adjusted based on what specific factors you emphasize. 

Hey, Dirk is good, and that’s good enough for me. 

"Dirk’s a unique guy,” Carlisle said. “There’s nobody who’s worked on developing his game more than he has in the history of this league. I put him up against (Larry) Bird and all these guys who have the great work ethics and reputations as hard workers. There’s a reason the ball goes in the basket. That’s because he’s great and he’s put in the time and the hours.” 

When the conversation turned to Chandler, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds and held Amar’e Stoudemire scoreless in the second half, Carlisle squeezed in one last bit of lobbying before All-Star reserves are announced. 

“Tyson’s an All-Star,” Carlisle said. “I don’t know that he’ll get voted, but he’s an All-Star. And there’s probably three or four other guys in the same boat. He’s truly deserving, has had a great impact on our team, and it may surprise people. He may have a legitimate shot, and he should, because of the effect he’s had on our group, particularly at the defensive end. And what we’re all seeing now is, he’s doing some great things offensively as well. He’s a big part of what we’re doing and I can’t stress that or repeat it enough.” 

Obviously not. But given that only a few weeks ago the Mavs were mired in a six-game losing streak (and seven of eight), Carlisle deserves to blow off a little steam. The next hurdle comes Friday night in Boston against the Celtics, whom the Mavs beat by two points back in November – without Boston having Shaquille O’Neal or Kendrick Perkins.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:40 pm

Carlisle: Dirk is MVP

Of what????? The NBA? 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 8:10 pm

Carlisle: Dirk is MVP

Uh, no.  And neither is Derrick Rose.

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:21 pm

Carlisle: Dirk is MVP

I agree. Derrick Rose is the MVP. His numbers are outstanding and he has led his team to one of the best records in the NBA. He has done this while dealing with injuries from Carlos Boozer as well as Noah.  He is having a definite MVP season.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:28 am

Carlisle: Dirk is MVP

dirk and the mavs having a great season, but not sure how derrick rose isnt the MVP this year. despite some big injuries to the roster, especially early in the year, guy has been absolutely money, and almost single handedly kept them among the best teams in the east

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