Rick Carlisle May Have Viewed Jamahl Mosley’s Luka Doncic Relationship As ‘Threat To Him’

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Rick Carlisle endorsed Jason Kidd for the head coaching job of the Dallas Mavericks upon his hiring with the Indiana Pacers, which indirectly was an omission for his assistant coach Jamahl Mosley.

“Let me be delicate in my wording here,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “I think Rick understood the perception of how that might impact who he didn’t endorse.”

“Right, that’s what I was getting at,” replied Tim Bontemps.

“Screw it, I’m going to stop being delicate. I think it got to a point where Rick perceived Jamahl Mosley’s close relationship with Luka Doncic as a threat to him. I don’t think those guys will necessarily send each other Christmas cards. And look, who’s right? Who’s wrong? Whatever. I do know this: players I’ve talked to… Luka’s not the only guy on that team who is extremely close to Jamahl Mosley. [He’s] developed great relationships with players throughout his career.”