DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks point guard Shane Larkin could finally be on the basketball court and in a game in about two weeks.
The rookie from Miami has been sidelined since he fractured his right ankle in practice on July 5 -- the day the Mavs left for Las Vegas to play in the summer league. Larkin had successful surgery on July 16, and went through what coach Rick Carlisle described today as "some live stuff'' during Monday's practice.
"He practiced and he did some live stuff out there today,'' Carlisle said. "It's a first step.''
Larkin has been anxious to get back on the court since he sustained the injury in a freak incident.
“I don’t have my quickness out there yet, but that'll come in the next couple days or so,'' Larkin said. "Hopefully in the next couple weeks –- next week or week-and-a-half -– I’ll be able to play.”
Larkin was the No. 18th overall pick of this past June's NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, and his draft rights were subsequently acquired by the Mavs. The Mavs hope to use Larkin's quickness to their advantage once he returns to the court.
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Broke right ankle in practice on day team left for Vegas. Had
surgery on July 16.