OJ Mayo has sunk to new depths

[Yanked from the comments -yfbb]

From Ball Don’t Lie:

O.J. Mayo’s first and possibly only season in Dallas is ending on a low, low note. While Mayo is a talent and far from a head case, and the Mavericks have had about as tough as NBA seasons get through no fault of their own, these are the results that need to be remembered.

These are the sorts of columns that you want to bookmark and send out to a dozen desperate NBA teams in late July. The sort of squads that whiffed on high-end free agents (who stayed with their incumbent teams) or watched as other franchises overpaid for the leftovers. The teams that may be forced into talking themselves into a player like O.J. Mayo. A fine player, no doubt, stuck in a tough year. But one to mull over before signing, especially in the wake of his listless play to end Dallas’ rough 2012-13 season.

ESPN Dallas’ Tim McMahon details the immediate aftermath of a particularly poor stretch of play (turnovers, listless defense) from Mayo, and the in-game and post-game comments from Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle that resulted:

"I called that timeout just to get you out of the game!" Carlisle screamed at Mayo in the huddle, according to one player.

"I just want to see him show up," said Carlisle, who was as harsh publicly with a player as he’s been since calling out Lamar Odom at the end of the his strange midseason sabbatical. "I just want to see him show up and compete. He didn’t compete tonight.

"And I tell you, with all the time we’ve put into helping him develop and bringing him along, in the biggest game of the year — an opportunity to be a winning team — for him to show up like he did tonight, I was shocked."

"He just had a bad night," Carlisle said after making a point to mention that the coaches showed Mayo film at halftime "where he was virtually just standing around defensively" and essentially implored him to mentally check into the game. "I guess I’ll write it off to that."

In reference to Mayo’s awful second half of the season performances and Dallas’ final games of the season on Wednesday, Carlisle offered this:

"Well," Carlisle said, "the good news is there’s only an opportunity for one more."


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