"The game is big,'' Shane Larkin tells me, "but it’s getting smaller.''
The Dallas Mavericks' first-round investment in Larkin is based in part on that. And on Mavs coach Rick Carlisle's personal commitment to the idea of Larkin in Dallas.
Larkin continues to rehab from a broken ankle (we've got those "on-schedule'' details here) and talks to DallasBasketball.com about a variety of things as he adjusts to life in the NBA.
"Me and (Carlisle) are in constant contact, and I can tell that he really has a vested interest in me,'' Larkin says. "He told me himself that he had a big part in them drafting me. He thought I was the best point guard in the draft and that’s why he took me. That’s why they brought me here. And now, it’s just that weight on my shoulders of now I’ve gotta show them why he thinks that of me and now I’ve gotta go prove that when I get on the court.”