Former Cincinnati Reds great and MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin took it upon himself to throw some parting shots at the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks, of course, traded Barry Larkin’s son, Shane Larkin, to the New York Knicks just prior to the NBA Draft.
Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Barry Larkin said that “Dallas doesn’t do a good job of developing players” and that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle ”doesn’t know how to develop young players, and Shane was a rookie. It was always a struggle for him to figure out what was going on.”
There’s one thing Barry Larkin said there that’s true, and that’s the fact that his son was a rookie this past season. But for Larkin to say that Carlisle, who is one of the most respected and decorated coaches in the NBA today, doesn’t know how to develop young players is beyond ignorant.
It’s understandable that Barry Larkin would want to stand up for his son, but Carlisle isn’t even the player development coach for the Mavericks — that’s Mike Shedd, and Shedd is loved by all the young players on the Mavericks. Of course, Carlisle is ultimately responsible, but it’s just so petty for Barry Larkin to cry about Shane Larkin right after the kid got shipped to New York.
Why didn’t Barry Larkin say anything during the season, like Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III‘s father did? Why couldn’t he have voiced his frustrations to Carlisle then? Carlisle didn’t know what he was doing, right? Larkin should have said something.
Carlisle could come back and talk about how terrible a baseball analyst Barry Larkin is, but he’ll probably take the high road. Barry Larkin is right about Shane Larkin being in a better situation with the Knicks, but he should have just left it at that. Instead, he burned a bridge his son might need to get back home one day.