West Notes: Mavericks, Lakers, Clippers, Jazz

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shot down any speculation of the team moving on from coach Rick Carlisle.

“Let me tell you how I look at coaching. You don’t make a change to make a change,” Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “Unless you have someone that you know is much, much, much better, the grass is rarely greener on the other side.”Rick Carlisle

Dallas won the title under Carlisle in 2011, but has lost six in the first round in six straight playoff appearances, including this season, falling to the Clippers in seven games.

Carlisle told reporters he believes he remains the right man for the job.

“That’s a question you’ll have to ask Mark,” Carlisle said. “I obviously do. But I’d text him and see what he has to say about it.”

More from the West

  • In case you missed it, Mavs forward/center Kristaps Porzingis is reportedly “frustrated” with his role and may be looking for a way out. Full story on HoopsWire here.
  • Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka met with reporters and said the front office is already in the “process of retooling” the roster after a first-round playoff exit. You can check out all the highlights of what Pelinka had to say here.
  • The Clippers are likely feeling relieved after a hard-fought series vs. the Mavs, but it’s too soon to say LA has experienced a breakthrough, wrote Mark Medina of USA Today. The Clippers now get to square off with the top-seeded Jazz.
  • Sarah Todd of the Deseret News took a look at if the extra rest will be beneficial to the Jazz, or perhaps serve as a negative. “Sometimes timing and continuity and rhythm can trump rest,” coach Quin Snyder said. “Obviously there’s a balance there.”

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