Mavericks' Shane Larkin breaks ankle, out 2-3 months
Mavericks guard Shane Larkin broke his ankle in a summer-league practice and will reportedly be out two to three months.
This stuff just seems cruel sometimes.
Yes it is true. But if you think I won’t come back stronger then before then you got the wrong guy. #GoMavs— Shane Larkin (@ShaneLarkin) July 12, 2013
Larkin, a 5-foot-11 guard out of Miami drafted No. 18 overall in June's draft, was expected to serve as third point guard for the Mavericks behind starter Jose Calderon and free-agent signing Devin Harris, who is also injured and has scrapped a three-year deal with Dallas. Without Harris and Larkin, the Mavericks are down to just Calderon and Israeli rookie Gal Mekel at the point guard spot.
That means Monta Ellis, who the Mavs reached an agreement with in free agency Friday, will most likely spend time at point guard. And then Rick Carlisle's soul died, just a little.
For Larkin, it's just brutal, despite his admirably good attitude. Rookies have a hard time in this league, especially point guards, especially point guards under Rick Carlisle. The odds are stacked against the diminutive playmaker early on.
The guard is slated to miss 4-6 weeks with a patellar tendon strain
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