SAN ANTONIO -- It seems like ever since he joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2009, Rodrigue Beaubois was hailed as some sort of savoir.
Well, now Beaubois can really become a savoir for the Mavs.
Derek Fisher's surprising request to ask the Mavs to release him from his contract this past Saturday has opened up the competition for the starting point guard position. That means it'll be somewhat like training camp all over again for Darren Collison, Dominique Jones and Beaubois.
"I just need to fight and to work hard to get back to playing the way I'm supposed to play,'' Beaubois said. "So I just need to keep working and be ready for the next opposing team, because this league is a league of opportunity.''
Coach Rick Carlisle doesn't have a favorite as far as who he would like to emerge as his starting point guard. He just wants some positive results from all three candidates, including from Beaubois.
"We've got three guys that we feel are capable and we’re going to have to do it by committee,'' Carlisle said. "(The starting spot is) up for grabs.
"I don’t know how else to put it. It's up for grabs.''
Beaubois, meanwhile, is appreciative of the knowledge Fisher dropped his way.
"He’s a great point guard that’s been around, and he knows the game,'' Beaubois said. "He won a lot of championships and he taught us a lot.
"We just need to keep playing the way he showed us how to play. And we need it, because
right now we’re not playing good, so we need to get back in a good rhythm.''
Beaubois said Fisher never gave him any indication that he was homesick and was contemplating a move back to Los Angeles where his family resides.
"In the NBA you never know what can happen,'' Beaubois said. "Obviously you don’t like to see people go, but you never know what can happen.''
-- Dwain Price
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