DALLAS -- Shane Larkin can't wait to get home. Can't wait to tell his friends and family about all the nice work he's done in his rookie season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Unfortunately for Larkin, no such bedtime stories exist.
Larkin has yet to play in an NBA preseason or regular season game. He hasn't even played in an NBA summer league game yet.
After being drafted No. 18 overall out of the University of Miami this past June, Larkin fractured his right ankle in practice on July 5 -- a few hours before the Mavs boarded a plane to Las Vegas to play in the summer league.
Surgery ensued on July 16, and the recovery has taken longer than Larkin anticipated.
Thus, while he may need a bushel of tickets when the Mavs play in Miami on Friday and in his hometown of Orlando on Saturday, Larkin will be doing the same things his family and friends will be doing at those games.
"I’d much rather to be playing,'' Larkin said. "But going home and being able to see everybody who you went to school with, and the next night going to where I grew up (in Orlando) it's going to be fun going home seeing everybody.
"Even though it's not how I wanted it to happen.''
-- Dwain Price
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