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News » Mavs' Beaubois built for speed Rookie showing drive, but first he must get past learning curve

Mavs' Beaubois built for speed Rookie showing drive, but first he must get past learning curve

Mavs' Beaubois built for speed Rookie showing drive, but first he must get past learning curve UNIVERSITY PARK - Three practices into his NBA career, Roddy Beaubois has proved beyond any doubt that he can drive the lane to the basket a lot better than he can drive the lanes on Central Expressway.

He hasn't even tried the latter, yet.

Driving lessons are on his to-do list, but Beaubois has more important things on the front burner, like making an impression in his first days as a Maverick .

It's a little early to be fast-tracking the rookie point guard into the Hall of Fame, but he's getting noticed by his teammates because of his blinding speed.

"The other day, I tried to show off a little bit and got out on a sprint down the court,'' Jason Terry said Wednesday. "I was looking back at him like Usain Bolt. And the next thing you know, he was passing me up. He's just as quick as Devin Harris.''

That's high praise around these parts. And it should be noted that Terry is no turtle himself. But Beaubois has a skill set that is rare in the NBA and was downright nonexistent with Dallas until now.

Coach Rick Carlisle, while trying to temper expectations for a foreign player who is bound to make his share of mistakes, clearly is pleased with Beaubois' progress.

"He has some tools that we don't have anywhere else on our roster,'' Carlisle said. "So he's going to have a lot of opportunities in the exhibition season. And we're going to find out what he can do, and we're going to need him at times.''

But the bottom-line question remains, can he play? Speed doesn't always translate into high-quality Basketball.

"As we used to say in TV, 'Stay tuned,' '' Carlisle said. "But I'm going to err on the side of optimism.

"We like him or we wouldn't have drafted him.''

Fans will get their first look at Beaubois on Friday night when Fan Jam takes place at American Airlines Center. Admission is free ($5 to park).

Beaubois is learning by the minute during practices, although he admits that things have been a bit of a whirl so far. He's getting things thrown at him fast and picking up everything will take time.

It's something every rookie goes through.

"Every practice, it's something new,'' Beaubois said. "But it's great. I'm getting more comfortable.''

As for being intimidated, he said: "The first time I saw the guys, I was like, 'Oh, wow.' But since then, it's good. When I was young, I watched them on TV. Now, just playing with them and having them help me get better, it's great.''

The next step for Beaubois, 21, might even include a driver's license. For now, he's been chauffeured around by teammates, coaches, support staff and the occasional cab ride.

Whenever he does become street legal, Beaubois might want to remember that rapid acceleration is best done on the Basketball court.

Day in camp

Wednesday: The biggest news came from off the court as the Mavericks announced that an open audition will take place to find a new public-address announcer for games at American Airlines Center. Billy Hayes, who was the designated screamer for the last several years, has left because of family health issues. As owner Mark Cuban said: "We are looking for someone who can embrace the attitude of the Mavs fan.'' The audition is Tuesday and interested applicants can get details on

Looking ahead: They have two practices today. One will be mostly noncontact drills and the other will feature considerable scrimmaging. On Friday, the team will have a morning practice, then the Fan Jam event at AAC in the evening.

Spotlight on ... Matt Carroll: Carroll looks like he went a few rounds with some mixed martial arts dude. The whites of his eyes were partly red when he showed up for camp. Turns out Carroll had Lasik eye surgery about 10 days ago, and he's just starting to get back to normal. He's been wearing protective goggles in camp. And, please, dispense with the jokes about the necessity of eye surgery based on his 27 percent shooting last season with the Mavericks .

Noteworthy: The Mavericks had a lengthy practice Wednesday. How long? "It was really long,'' Shawn Marion said. "We were starting to wonder.''

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