HoopsHype Bernard James rumors

November 26, 2013 Updates

Samuel Dalembert missed the Dallas Mavericks' shootaround Monday morning when he overslept and Carlisle used both DeJuan Blair as the starter and Bernard James as the backup center before putting Dalembert in the game at the start of the second quarter. Dalembert was apologetic about the situation. "I'm very disappointed at myself," he said. "I let my teammates down. I don't have an excuse. And it shouldn't have happened. I'm still trying to get over it. I'm very upset. I overslept. Just saying it (makes me mad). I shouldn't be in that situation. And I deserved what I got. The decision coach made, I'm behind it. And I apologized to my teammates." Said Carlisle: "Sam missed shootaround this morning because he overslept. So the two guys that were there got the first two rotations." Dallas Morning News

October 12, 2013 Updates

Nobody’s quite sure how long Brandan Wright’s recovery from a shoulder fracture will take, but coach Rick Carlisle is certain of one thing. The next man up will have to do the job. Namely, DeJuan Blair, along with Bernard James and Samuel Dalembert. “If it’s going to happen, this isn’t the worst time,” Carlisle said Friday. “He’s got a little time to heal. It’s going to be evaluated weekly. It could have been a lot worse. “(We’ll have to) plug other guys in. Now Blair becomes more at the forefront. Sarge has to be ready. Sam has to keep playing like he did the other night. And it gives guys like Balkman and Melo to get more minutes in the preseason.” Dallas Morning News

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Bernard James actually used his Twitter account to announce to the world that he has signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks. "Thanks for the encouraging words over the weekend,'' the second-year center tweeted. "Glad to be with the MAVS another year!'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Kaman has expressed disappointment that things have not worked out better, although Elton Brand has been the team’s most effective center of late and Bernard James and Brandan Wright also have played well at times. “I talk to him all the time about it,” Carlisle said. “He’s a good player and we need him. We have good, honest conversations. Sometimes, there’s a difference of opinion, but that’s OK. Reasonable men have a right to disagree. “But I make it clear to him that he’s an important guy on this team, and we need him and need what he can do for us.” Dallas Morning News

December 13, 2012 Updates

Bernard James was 22 when he grew five inches. He had been transferred to Beale Air Force base in Sacramento where his supervisor was coach of the intramural basketball team. He encouraged James to play. "That's how I got started. It was just by chance. If I had ended up in a different unit, I may not have ended up playing and I may not be here right now." He had no idea that the Air Force was preparing him for the NBA. "It helped me become a man. It made me realize that I don't know it all. That was huge for my development, and just learning in general. When you think you know everything, you don't learn, because you think you already know it. Once you humble yourself, you realize that there's a whole world of stuff out there that you don't know. You constantly start soaking things up, and that's what I've been doing ever since I joined the military. It's been huge in my development as a person, as a basketball player and every aspect of my life.'' SI.com

November 15, 2012 Updates

What Wright did not expect Wednesday night, however, was going from starter to not playing at all. Rookie Bernard James stepped into the backup center role, at least for one night, scoring four points and pulling down three rebounds in 15 minutes. “It’s weird, man, what can I say?” a calm Wright said after the game, even managing a smile. He said coach Rick Carlisle “didn’t say a word to me” about why he didn’t play. “You’ll have to ask him, but I’ll go with it,” Wright said. “You can’t keep a good man down. Dallas Morning News

October 9, 2012 Updates

From a financial standpoint, it's usually better to get selected in the first round. But at your age (27), is it a little better to get drafted in the second round, which allows you to be a free agent earlier? Would you agree with that? Bernard James: Yeah, I definitely agree. In fact, that was the whole plan with my agent. All the teams that I worked out for were in that range that I was looking for. So I really wanted to go in the first couple of picks in the second round, so I can get to my second contract earlier. Me, being an older rookie, being locked into a four- or five-year contract to start off, is not really good for me. So the quicker I get to my second contract the better. HoopsHype

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