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Thursday, November 15, 2012
O.J. Mayo gets schooled in success

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- A humbled O.J. Mayo came to the Dallas Mavericks because he wanted to be coached hard.

Be careful what you wish for.

O.J. Mayo asked for tough coaching when he arrived with the Mavs, and he got a heavy dose during a film session Tuesday.

Actually, Mayo has no regrets about turning down more lucrative offers elsewhere to sign a one-year, $4 million deal with a player option for a second season in Dallas. Not even after he endured an embarrassing Tuesday afternoon when he was the primary target of coach Rick Carlisle's wrath, of which there was plenty with the Mavs mired in a three-game losing streak.

"I was the star of a film you don't want to be the star in," Mayo told ESPNDallas.com following the Mavs' closer-than-it-shoulda-been 107-101 win Wednesday night over the winless Washington Wizards. "Man, it was terrible." ...

It's not like Mayo has done all wrong during his brief time in Dallas. Far from it.

There's no way the Mavs, minus Dirk Nowitzki every night so far and Shawn Marion for the last five games, are 5-4 without Mayo.

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