May 11, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Motion picture actor Jon Hamm (left) joins ESPN network personality Barry Larkin (right) on the set of the Sunday Night Baseball pre-game show as the Pittsburgh Pirates host the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MLB legend Barry Larkin takes shot at Dallas Mavericks

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Former Cincinnati Reds legend Barry Larkin may have got caught in the heat of the moment recently when he inexplicably took a shot at the Dallas Mavericks, the organization his son played for during the first NBA season.

Speaking to the New York Post, Larkin stated disappointment with the way the Dallas Mavericks organization handled development of their players as the younger Larkin only played ten minutes a game during his rookie season.

“Dallas doesn’t do a good job of developing players,’’ Larkin expressed to the Post. “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.’’

The backlash over Larkin’s comment was quick which lead to the former shortstop to slightly backtrack on his comments, expressing frustration that his positive comments about the organization weren’t reflected.

Larkin’s irritation was understandable as his son wasn’t getting much playing time with the Mavericks, though in fairness to Dallas, it’s not as if Larkin was producing enough to warrant it either.

It’s also a little difficult to suggest that the Dallas Mavericks aren’t very good at developing players considering Larkin only spent a season with the organization, so it seems as the shortstop was playing more of the protective father role than anything.

As far as Shane Larkin’s new home in the Big Apple, Barry seems quite happy as the two will be much closer thanks to his role at ESPN in Connecticut and he’ll also get to play in the bright lights of New York City.

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

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