MIAMI -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle put rookie point guard Shane Larkin through some aggressive workouts Friday morning at the American Airlines Arena.
A University of Miami product, Larkin is recovering from ankle surgery he underwent on July 16. Carlisle said Larkin is getting closer and closer to being able to play in his first NBA game.
"I can’t give you a timetable because it’s not my place,'' Carlisle said before Friday's Mavs-Miami Heat game. "But we had a really aggressive workout with him this morning and plan to have another one tomorrow, and we’ll just keep going.
"We’re closer than we’ve ever been, but we’re not quite there yet.''
The Mavs are anxious to employ Larkin's speed and his keen ability to play the pick-and-roll. They also believes he's extra sharp because his dad, Barry Larkin, is a Hall of Fame baseball player who knows the intracacies of pro sports.
"I really love his attitude towards the game, his demeanor,'' Carlisle said. "He's very professional, and with obvious reasons.
"He’s been around pro sports for over two and a half decades, and his dad and his mom are great people and they’ve had great influence on his approach to everything.''
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