DALLAS -- It's been a tough two weeks for Rodrigue Beaubois.
The Dallas Mavericks guard is back in town and with the team following the sudden death of his father. Beaubois missed five games while tending to the tragedy, and is more than happy to get back to his personal oasis on the basketball court.
"Nobody wanted that to happen, but it happened, so now we just need to be strong together,'' Beaubois said. "Life is still going on, so we just need to be strong together.''
Point guard Jason Kidd said the Mavs will be very supportive of Beaubois, whom the Mavs hope can one day become the point guard to replace Kidd.
"I think the big thing is just to remind him that we're here for him,'' Kidd said. "If there's anything, I think we're all a little bit older than he is, and that may be have experienced death in family and share our experiences and hopefully that will help him.''
Prior to missing those five games due to his father's death, Beaubois had sat out three straight games because of a coach's decision. But now he said he's mentally ready to come back and contribute to the Mavs.
"I came back on Sunday and it was good to come back and get to my habits and everything, and see the guys and everything,'' Beaubois said. "Basketball is what I love. . .so I'm ready to play, and I think that's good for me. I feel very good.''
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