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Rick Carlisle speaks out on Michael Malone’s rant about NBA coaches not allowed to bring family to bubble


Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, who is also the NBA’s Coaches Association President, has released a statement following Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone’s rant about coaches not being allowed to have family in the bubble and calling it a “criminal decision” by the league.

Thus far, only players and refs have been allowed to bring families to the bubble.

“The challenges of being away from family for so long can be overwhelming,” Rick Carlisle said, via ESPN.

“NBCA discussions with league office are ongoing. We will continue to work with the NBA as partners to evaluate the viability of coaches’ families coming to Orlando as more teams exit.”

You can understand Michael Malone’s frustrations. It must be hard for the coaches to be away from their families for so long, especially when they are watching players and refs mingling with their loved ones at Disney World.

With that being said, hopefully, the NBA addresses this situation. Coaches should have the right to have their families with them in the bubble.

Malone and the Nuggets are down 0-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the playoffs. Denver only had a day rest following a tough 7-game series win over the Utah Jazz and fatigue certainly played a factor in the team getting blown out in Game 1. The team already cited adjustments that they plan on implementing and will certainly be motivated to come out in Game 2 and play better.

Nuggets stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have to produce more in Game 2 for Denver to even up the series.