Dallas Mavericks’ Shane Larkin Readies for Anticipated Debut

By Elaine J. Dispo
Shane Larkin
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Some injuries can set back athletes’ careers by being debilitating, while others can be repaired and render return to play once they are recovered.

That is what happened to Shane Larkin, rookie point guard of the Dallas Mavericks, who injured his ankle this past summer.

This year’s 18th overall NBA draft pick has yet to play this 2013-14 season that tipped off this past week. His return to the court looks promising because he just started practicing on Monday, Nov. 4.

With Larkin previously as a key player for the University of Miami, the Hurricanes surely miss him.

Yet almost as fast as Larkin has been known to perform on the floor, the time for him to make his first appearance as a Mav during the regular season is quickly approaching. That is what he is shooting for, and his first step toward fulfilling his goal to play pro ball (like his father, Barry Larkin, of MLB) began by undergoing drills and scrimmages.

Veteran point guard Dirk Nowitzki declared in the Geico Quote of the Game on Opening Night that he digs the Mavs mix. This includes newbies such as Larkin, who still has so much to offer to Dallas.

Veteran small forward Shawn Marion announced in his tipoff speech at the home opener to “take this trip on the road.” Larkin soon will join the Mavericks’ journey with these world class performers as they bring on full force to be successful this season.

From fresh-to-the-league Larkin to the oldest pro baller on the team Vince Carter (in both age and NBA experience), all of the Mavericks on this year’s roster have something valuable to provide both on the hardwood and beyond the sidelines.

Of course, their value is much higher when they are healthy and able to play, so we wish Larkin the best on getting game-ready as he progresses through practices and finally gets to suit up in his Mavs uniform.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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