He didn't actually say SOFT... but thats what the players are thinking about his comment...
I think the media is making this bigger then it is...
Mavericks Not Happy About Being Called 'Soft' By Carlisle
Rick Carlisle called his Mavericks team 'soft' following their fourth quarter loss to the Hornets.
"I think we've just got to be tougher," Carlisle said quietly. "Got to be tougher."
"I wouldn't go that far," said Tyson Chandler.
"Who said that?" Jason Terry said. "I'm not soft, not me. I don't know where that comes from, but we ain't soft. We have to see how he meant soft in that aspect, but I know he wasn't talking to me personally or any of my teammates because I don't think none of these guys are soft."
Via Jeff Caplan/ESPN
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle calls team "soft"; players take exception - ESPN Dallas