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Dallas Mavericks Rally Around Player Mourning Father’s Passing
February 29, 2012
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The defending NBA World Champion Dallas Mavericks team is supporting one of its own players during a tough time. Budding player Rodrigue Beaubois, from the island of Guadeloupe, recently skipped team duties to deal with the death of his father. While struggling on and off the court, team veterans are supportive of Beaubois.
“"I think the big thing is just to remind him that we're here for him,'' said team co-captain Jason Kidd to the Star-Telegram. "If there's anything, I think we're all a little bit older than he is, and that may be have experienced death in family and share our experiences and hopefully that will help him.
Beaubois is entering his third year in the NBA as the Mavericks are grooming the 6’2 shooting guard to be part of its plans. So far, he’s ready to move on and focus on basketball. “Nobody wanted that [his father’s passing] to happen, but it happened, so now we just need to be strong together,'' Beaubois said. "Life is still going on, so we just need to be strong together.”
An ESPN report says that Dallas will lean heavily on the talents of Beaubois as they look to rest older players as part of a brutal game schedule par for the course in this shortened NBA season. “We have to be ready because of the schedule,'' Beaubois said. "There's going to be a lot of games, and it's going to be tough.”
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