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Barry Larkin Criticizes Rick Carlisle, Mavericks' Development Of Talent, Praises Passion Of New York Fans

Barry Larkin retired from his excellent baseball career in 2004, but he's still in the professional sports consciousness, as his son Shane is a point guard for the New York Knicks. Shane Larkin was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks last summer after an excellent season at the University of Miami in 2012-13, but had a quiet rookie year in Dallas, and was traded to the Knicks in the Tyson Chandler on Wednesday night.

It's far too early to tell how much Larkin's role will expand in New York, but his father Barry is excited for the move. Larkin told the New York Post that he wasn't too thrilled with how things went for Shane in Dallas.

“Dallas doesn’t do a good job of developing players,’’ Barry Larkin told The Post in a phone interview from his home in Orlando. “They’re in win-now mode. [Coach] Rick Carlisle doesn’t know how to develop young players, and Shane was a rookie. It always was a struggle for him to figure out what was going on.’’

As for New York, the former Red respects the city's passionate fans.

“I’m off-the-charts excited because of the passion of New York fans,’’ Barry Larkin said. “I went through the roof.’’

He's since walked back the criticism a bit, saying that his comments were "spun negatively":

Shane was a bit more diplomatic in his tweet about the move:

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[New York Post via Footbasket]