Dallas Mavericks' Shane Larkin Is Officially A Professional Baller

By Elaine J. Dispo
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The rising of a star took place at the American Airlines Center on Monday night.

That was when Shane Larkin made his NBA debut with the Dallas Mavericks, who came out victorious in a clutch game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

This has been in high anticipation since the rookie point guard from the Miami Hurricanes left “Cane Hoops” and was selected as No. 18 of the 2013 NBA draft. An ankle injury during Summer League set back Larkin from playing during the preseason, but he started his first post-operation practice exactly two weeks before his debut.

Larkin was disappointed not to play his first game in Florida this past weekend, when Dallas suffered defeat by the Miami Heat and made Mavs magic against the Orlando Magic. After all, this ACC MVP played up a Hurricanes storm for the NCAA in Miami and grew up in Orlando.

While Larkin thought that his premiere play date would be set later this week – either versus the Houston Rockets or the Utah Jazz while still at home – the timing of his arrival could not be better.

During almost nine minutes worth of playing time, Larkin tacked on three of each: points, assists and steals.

Now it is official: the Larkins have another branch in their family tree with roots that have sprouted professional athleticism. In the previous generation, the pro athlete was Larkin’s father, MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, shortstop of the Cincinnati Reds. The senior Larkin could have considered for his former team’s manager position, which was given to Bryan Price.

While Shane is shooting hoops instead of batting, I’m sure that Barry could not be prouder of his son for following in his pro ball footsteps and establishing his own career. Whether on the field or on the court, the Larkins establish a legacy of playing in the professional leagues.

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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