Shane Larkin, the dynamic PG who lead Miami to their most successful season ever, will have to wait to bring his spectacular talent to the NBA. Larkin broke his ankle in summer-league practice with the Dallas Mavericks and is expected to be sidelined two to three months, according to league sources.
As a sophomore, he averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds while helping lead the Hurricanes to the ACC championship and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Our take: It's hard to keep a good man down. Larkin has rare athleticism and therefore could heal quicker then expected. His pedigree (Hall of Fame father) will prevent any mental setback. It's just a shame that Shane will miss a chance to make an early impression on the Dallas Coaching staff. With Dallas having Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Israeli star Gal Mekel all signed to compete for minutes at PG, he surely could have used the opportunity. Do not be shocked if Larkin finds his way onto the Maverick rotation by the start of the season anyhow and eventually into the starting line-up. Good luck to Shane on his recovery!!