Shane Larkin: Dallas Mavericks PG Won’t Play in Home State

By Elaine J. Dispo
Father and Son: Barry Larkin and Shane Larkin
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This Dallas Mavericks weekend in Florida would especially be exciting if one more factor were added to the Mavs mix: Shane Larkin.

As Dallas prepares for battling the Miami Heat on Friday night and goes on to make more Mavs magic at the Orlando Magic on Saturday, the rookie point guard still is not cleared to play at his college city or his hometown.

Before Larkin was selected as the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft he was a top dog for the Miami Hurricanes. The son of MLB 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Barry Larkin, who played for the Cincinnati Reds in his son’s birthplace, reigned from Orlando, Fla.

After surgically repairing his ankle that broke at Summer League practice, Larkin returned to regular practice almost two weeks ago. It is better to be safe than sorry, so while his time to play still is delayed I honestly would prefer for Larkin to be healthy and game ready before he hits the hardwood.

While Larkin would have liked to make his Dallas debut in his home state, as of now he anticipates his first game date to be either Wednesday, Nov. 20 against the Houston Rockets or Friday, Nov. 22 versus the Utah Jazz. Now wouldn’t that sound like music to our MFFL’s (Mavs Fans for Life) ears if he launches for blastoff against the Rockets and plays harmoniously with the Mavs against the Jazz?

The upcoming fourth week of the season should be a refresher because Dallas will have home-court advantage when they host Philadelphia 76ers, Houston and Utah to recover and relieve themselves from their multiple road series these past two weeks. Then the Mavericks will precede on to their next away game at the Denver Nuggets.

Veteran power forward Dirk Nowitzki is optimistic about having Larkin on board and on court. To him, Shane equivocates speed.

“He’s (Larkin) so quick off the dribble, pushing the ball. I think he’s going to help us tremendously in the backcourt.”

Meanwhile, the Mavs will play another Shane in their drum beat to defeat the Heat: small forward Shane Battier.

Either way for Dallas’ Shane, Larkin may not be able to cool down the Heat with the Mavs, but his time to shine as a pro baller like his proud papa, Barry, is definitely getting warmer.

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

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