AUSTIN--A statistical look at Miami's 63-59 third round victory over Illinois...
Cuban: Larkin 'On-Schedule' For Mavs
Mavs owner Mark Cuban tells DallasBasketball.com that Shane Larkin could be ready to participate at some point in training camp (which starts Oct. 1) despite having broken his ankle in July. The prognosis at the time was a two-to-three-month rehab period, and Larkin is seemingly on the positive side of that pace.
"He is on schedule," Cuban says.
Larkin, who was drafted No. 18 out of the University of Miami, broke his ankle preparing to play with the Dallas Mavericks in their Las Vegas Summer League schedule. A positive report on his recovery was first noted by the AP in Miami, though the suggestion that Larkin will be ready to start camp may be an overstatement.
Larkin, the son of baseball Hall-of-Famer Barry Larkin, is a smallish-but-athletic point guard who will compete for time in a crowded backcourt featuring Jose Calderon as the starter at the 1 and veteran Devin Harris (himself recovering from toe surgery) and fellow rookie Gal Mekel (two-time MVP of the Israeli League).
Larkin was a personal draft favorite of coach Rick Carlisle, who cites his perimeter quickness, his skill in the pick-and-roll and his history as a "winner'' as reasons for optimism. Team president Donnie Nelson compares Larkin to ex-Mavs guard J.J. Barea and tells DB.com, "He's about as quick as them come. Plus he can shoot and create. He lacks size, but otherwise he fits extremely well with our needs and with the way the NBA game is played today."
But before any of that happens, his recovery needed to happen.
"Minor setback for a major comeback,'' Larkin tweeted on July 12, and the Mavs hope the rookie is prophetic.
DallasBasketball.com Recommended Stories
Rivalry Week on Scout
Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!Read More
Scout College Football Top 30- Week Thirteen
The top 30 teams in college football after Week Thirteen...Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Week 13: Player Downgrades
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rusty Reeves predicts a heaping handful of players who will decline in the coming weeks. They should be downgraded at least one tier. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler …Read More
The First Thanksgiving: 10 Myths and Facts
The story of the first Thanksgiving is filled with folklore and legend. But what’s the real story? Here are 10 commonly believed myths about the First Thanksgiving debunked.Read More