DALLAS -– The Dallas Mavericks have high expectations for rookie guards Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo and Gal Mekel.
But two of them – Larkin and Ledo -- are currently injured, and Mekel just went through some serious baptism by fire by defenders who wanted to introduce him to the NBA. Still, owner Mark Cuban gives his three rookies two thumbs up.
“You see Ricky and he can get pretty much anywhere on the court,’’ Cuban said after Friday's practice. “He just doesn’t know what to do when he gets there.
“Gal has a lot of point guard skills, and he’s got a great basketball IQ. He’s just got to work on his shot. And we’ll see Shane, hopefully, pretty soon.’’
Larkin hasn’t played since fracturing his right ankle the first week of July and undergoing successful surgery on July 16. Ledo missed Wednesday's game in Indiana with a sprained right ankle and is doubtful for Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Mekel, meanwhile, has been mostly roughed up by defenders while producing 21 points, 12 rebounds, 19 assists and 17 turnovers, and shooting only 28.6 percent from the field in four games.
It all adds up to a game of patience for the Mavs.
“It's just a matter of them getting better,’’ Cuban said of the rookies. “But that’s why you have young kids, because you expect them to get better.’’
-- Dwain Price
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