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.