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The Best Mavs' Pep Talker? 8-Year-Old Abby

Nellie used to say an NBA coach could only throw a team-motivating tantrum six times a year. Similarily, Rick Carlisle knows there are only so many times you can push so many buttons. So where to go for motivation? Tony Robbins? Oprah? Maybe Rick seeks solace in the advice of his 8-year-old daughter.

The recent season-ending exit interviews for Dallas Mavericks players weren't just about meeting with the media (as much as some of us would like to think it's all about us). "Exit interviews'' also mean wrap-up-the-season visits between players and coaches. It was in such a meeting last week, for instance, that O.J. Mayo was informed by coach Rick Carlisle that even as he opts to explore...

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