Monday, September 16, 2013
Larkin's status for start of season
By Joe Kaiser
When Dallas' first-round pick Shane Larkin broke his ankle during Summer League practice back on July 12, the fear at the time was that he might have to miss the early portion of his rookie season. That, however, no longer appears to be a worry for the first-year point guard out of Miami.
AP sportswriter Tim Reynolds tweets this morning: "Hearing our friend (Shane Larkin) plans to be ready to roll when the Mavs open training camp. Great news."
Larkin's presence in training camp would be a great thing not only for the Mavs, but for Larkin himself. Missing any of the workouts would figure to put him behind 25-year-old rookie Gal Mekel for the immediate backup role behind starting point guard Jose Calderon, at least until Devin Harris is able to return from offseason foot surgery.
One area to watch as Larkin returns to the court is whether the injury affected any of his quickness, because that was always one of his greatest assets in his two years with the Hurricanes. If the quickness isn't there, Larkin isn't nearly the same threat out on the court.