DALLAS -- Shane Larkin didn't waste any time jumping on the Dwight Howard-to-the Dallas Mavericks bandwagon.
Asked today about the possibility of starting his NBA career with Howard as the Mavs' starting center, Larkin didn't mince words.
"I actually want to be the leading spokesman for the Dwight to Dallas campaign,'' said Larkin, a fiery point guard. "I'm willing to do that, I'm willing to say whatever and help in whatever way we can.''
Larkin was taken No. 18 overall in last Thursday's NBA Draft by Atlanta, with the Mavs acquiring his draft rights from the Hawks later that night. As of now, the Mavs are in a fight with Houston, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers and Hawks for Howard's free agency rights, and Larkin knows what that would mean to the Dallas franchise.
"Getting him obviously would be a great thing for the team -- one of the most dominant big men to ever play the game, and he's still dominant,'' Larkin said. "Even until this day, even though he had those bad problems in LA.
"He's just a great player, he had the shoulder problems. Even through all that he had a pretty good season last year and he's a great player.''
Larkin attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando and used to idolize Howard when he played for the Orlando Magic from 2004-2012.
"I actually watched him growing up because he was in Orlando and I'm from Orlando,'' Larkin said. "So I was his fan when I was in Orlando.
"And now just to even have the opportunity to be able to play with him in the pick-and-roll, just going in the lane and throwing it anywhere close to the rim and him being able to throw it down would be a great situation, especially as a rookie.''
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