Neither Peja Stojakovic nor Roddy Beaubois will join the
Mavericks for their trip to New York, Boston and Charlotte.
But when the team returns Super Bowl Sunday and gets ready
for the string of games leading up to the All-Star break, Beaubois could be
ready for what coach Rick Carlisle called “heightened activity.’’
Not sure what that means, but it sounds better than what we’ve
heard for the last four months about Beaubois.
Meanwhile, here’s what Carlisle said about Stojakovic,
who won’t play at least until after the trip that starts Wednesday in New
“He hasn’t played since Nov. 26. He’s
going through training camp right now. That’s the way we’re looking
at it. We could throw him into the games, but in our estimation, it wouldn’t
be the right move for him or us. The knee is doing well. It’s
conditioning, it’s strength, it’s integration to some degree and
true, you’re not going to be really integrated until you get in the
games, but he can get a lot of his rhythm by doing individual workouts. Right
noow, we just feel this is the right thing.’’
And as for Beaubois?
“He’s progressing,’’ Carlisle said. “The
hope is we get back from the trip and he’ll be in position maybe to get
into some heightened activity. We’ll have to see what’s what at