"We'll see what the doctor says,'' Roddy B said before the Blazers-Mavs tipoff. "But I was allowed to do some (jump-shooting) as of a couple of days ago. I am going (to the doctor) tomorrow. So, we'll see.''
We don't want to jump the gun – pun intended. But for team that could use a bit of positive news on the health front, this is a little something. … little cautious something.
The organization is continuing to take a safe approach, even as the Mavs are playing without Caron Butler (with a knee injury that ended his season on Tuesday) and Dirk Nowitzki (who sat out his fifth straight game with a knee sprain). Coach Rick Carlisle continued on Tuesday to essentially refuse to discuss "what-if's.'' Carlisle said that he will do so until Beaubois' return appears "imminent. … at that time, we'll let you know,'' Carlisle told the media.
Before Beaubois sustained a broken foot in early August while practicing with the French National Team, he was projected as a possible starter at the 2-guard, all based on the strength of a stellar rookie season. He was placed in a protective boot following the injury and DB.com was told it might be a "two-to-three-month'' rehab. But two months later, after Beaubois was allowed out of the boot, there was seemingly a setback … and Roddy B was put back in the protective device.
In theory, if the foot was re-injured to set up another two- or three-month wait, late January could serve as a new target date. said he has yet to
begin plotting how he'll work the second-year guard into the rotation.
"The good news,'' Beaubois tells us, "is that I'm young. I have time. It is frustrating, but I know it's the best thing (to be patient.)''
The 25-8 Mavericks share that patience while Beaubois works on his conditioning by tread-milling in the pool and pedaling the elliptical machine and stationary bike. (Art Garcia notes that Mavs owner Mark Cuban is leaving the impression that Roddy B might still be a month away.) But the fact that Beaubois has moved beyond a no-jumping rule (he'd been taking set-shots for weeks) is a positive.
Nowitzki is on record as believing that a returning Beaubois will serve as a difference-maker. As conservative as he is on such matters, even Carlisle concedes that Roddy B is "a different kind of weapon.''
Beaubois is a weapon who is now allowed to jump a little … a weapon ready to hear some good news from the doctor on Wednesday.
For Rodrigue Beaubois, it's a start.