Rick Carlisle Responds to Same Old Tired 'Inside the NBA' Criticism of Kristaps Porzingis

Stephen Douglas
Kristaps Porzingis hangs on the rim after dunking.
Kristaps Porzingis hangs on the rim after dunking. / PEDRO PARDO/Getty Images

Luka Doncic returned from injury on Thursday, putting up a triple-double in a Mavericks win over the San Antonio Spurs. Kristaps Porzingis pitched in with 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting. He was 3-of-8 from behind the arc. Unsurprisingly, this gave the Inside the NBA crew another chance to criticize his usage with antiquated arguments about tall guys belonging near the basket.

When you hear this, you understand why Kevin Durant lied about his height all those years. Because it worked. Despite the fact that he's 7-feet tall in sneakers, guys like Shaq and Charles Barkley accept his outside game and talk about him like he's the third Curry brother. Meanwhile, Durant shot just .002% better than Porzingis from deep through the last four seasons, with Porzingis attempting .7 more 3-pointers a game.

Luckily, Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle understands how Porzingis is supposed to be used in the modern, more skilled NBA. Let him break it down.

Video confirms that Porzingis' offense is pretty f-ing cool.

Watching a 7'3" guy play like a 6'3" guy is a lot more fun than watching a 240-pound guy try to play like a 300-pound guy.