“I just told him in front of the whole team that he’s got to keep working,” said Carlisle, who mentioned Dalembert’s conditioning issues to the media without a question being asked about the center. “We need his minutes. They’re going to be very important to us. He’s a factor. When he’s in shape, he’s a factor as a rim protector and rebounder, and he gives you a big, active, athletic body in there.”
Dalembert’s talent hasn’t ever been in question, though his effort can at times get a bit, sporadic, to say the least.
The Haitian big man has garnered a small reputation for being a bit of a contract year player, so hopefully with coach Carlisle barking at Sammy D, it’s a reputation he’ll be able to shed in Big D after he snagged a lucrative deal with the Mavericks this past offseason.