HoopsHype Bernard James rumors

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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

You've been to Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar... What was the craziest thing you went through? BJ: It was in Iraq. I was involved in a mortar attack where six detainees got killed and another 67 were injured. It was just like complete chaos for like about five or six hours trying to get everything under control and make sure everybody was OK and all that. How was a regular day for you over there? BJ: I would work from 5 in the evening to 5 in the morning. Most days were pretty boring but some days there were like riots and stuff and we would have to break out our gear – smoke grenades, pepper spray, all that stuff... The average day was pretty boring: account for all the detainees, feed them and that was pretty much it. HoopsHype

How did you go through those days? BJ: You had to stay alert , but you had pretty interesting conversations with the people you worked with. You mean the co-workers, not the detainees... BJ: Yeah, not the detainees (laughs). But you did to talk to some of them. We had kind of a relationship with them. If we treated them well, the guys in charge in there would make sure that other guys didn't cause problems. if we treated them with respect, it was less problems for us. We knew who they were and if there was a problem they could talk to us. But for the most part it was just talking with our co-workers. Telling stories, talking about situations we've been in, training, all that. HoopsHype

Do you regret not being more serious about basketball earlier in your life? BJ: Definitely not. I don't think I was ready when I was younger from a maturity standpoint. Handling this when you are 18 or 19... I've got a lot of respect for those players. You gotta be really mature and really dedicated to be able to handle this. I don't think I could have handled it at that point. Right now I'm in a really good situation and my experience actually gave me an advantage over my peers. Basketball is a job or a passion for you? BJ: A passion. When I first started in college it was probably more of a job. But after four years of that much basketball, if you don't love it, you don't make it through it. I definitely grew to love it and it's a passion now. I wanna get better everyday. I want to work hard and earn my pay. HoopsHype

September 25, 2012 Updates
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But there was no mentor. James didn't run to anybody. Instead, he ran away from everything. "[Here's] a little history of how Savannah is: 80 to 90 percent of young black males either end up doing nothing with their lives at a dead-end job working at McDonald's or at a grocery store," James said. "Or they get in trouble, start selling drugs, end up in jail, or get killed over some foolishness. A lot of my friends were starting to go that way. I guess that's when a lot of people figure out what they are going to do with their lives, whether they are going to stay on track or go down that wrong path. It's around that 10th-grade year. A lot of guys that I knew were doing the wrong thing, and that wasn't really me. I didn't want to go to jail. I didn't want to sell drugs. I just wanted to get away from all that." Grantland

Coach Rick Carlisle, on hand in Las Vegas, marveled at the progress James showed in just a handful of practices with the Mavericks. James posted numbers similar to his college averages in the five summer league games, with 10.2 points, nine rebounds, and 2.6 blocks. "We followed him at Florida State and we're clearly fans," Carlisle said. "He's long. He's a shot-blocker. He plays the game with passion. That's a big thing for us. He's also the kind of character that we want inside of our locker room. He's a big integrity guy. He's had an unbelievable wealth of experience that we think is going to serve him well." Grantland

July 25, 2012 Updates
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Rookie center Bernard James is expected to sign his contract in the next day or two, according to his agent Happy Walters. The 27-year-old Air Force staff sergeant is the last of the Dallas Mavericks' three picks to sign. ESPN.com

Second-round picks must negotiate a salary and their contracts are not guaranteed by the collective bargaining agreement. However, Walters, James' agent, said that his client will have a guaranteed contract for the 2012-13 season. ESPN.com

June 29, 2012 Updates

Bernard James is a guy you can root for. A guy I am rooting for. And him going up to the stage may have been the best moment of the 2012 NBA Draft. The “U-S-A” chant gives me chills. He got drafted into the NBA at age 27 by the Cavaliers (who traded him to the Dallas Mavericks as part of the Tyler Zeller deal). James didn’t play high school ball — he dropped out of high school at 16 and joined the Air Force at 17. He spent six years in the military and served three tours of duty overseas, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar. NBCSports.com

June 11, 2012 Updates

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