Rodrigue Beaubois Knocked Out of Worlds for France
Beaubois did major damage in limited minutes as a rookie for Dallas, breaking out in most public fashion in Game 6 of the Mavericks' first-round playoff loss to the Spurs. He was expected to be a major rotation player at the least in the 2010-11 season; Carlisle has even been quoted suggesting he might start next to or over veteran Jason Kidd. Many feel Beaubois can be the premier perimeter scorer Dirk Nowitzki needs for pressure-relief. Roddy certainly showed signs of that as a rookie.
That makes the injury all the more unfortunate. Of course, it's unfortunate for the French team, who really looks talented enough to play for a medal but can't suffer many more losses. As for the Mavs, let's hope Beaubois is ready by mid-October. Early injuries have a way of ruining seasons, even if the player is healed by Opening Night. The Mavericks -- nay, the league can not afford to miss out on Beaubois.
France is ranked No. 7 in FanHouse's FIBA World Power Rankings.