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Mike James
Mike James
Position: G
Born: 08/18/90
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $237,648
Harris wasn’t the only one misfiring in the Nets’ 86-83 loss. Add in Landry Shamet (1-for-4) and Mike James (1-for-5), and three Nets who can make a defense pay for double-teaming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were a combined 3-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. If those supporting cast numbers are repeated Sunday in Game 4, the series soon could be tied. “If you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didn’t,” coach Steve Nash said. “I thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but that’s not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.”
He’s also close with Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka, a fellow Portland native who played both collegiately and professionally in the city. Udoka, who is expected to be a future head coach in the league someday, played a big part in James coming to Brooklyn, Walton said. And Nets’ director of player personnel JR Holden also played for CSKA Moscow, meaning Marks and Brooklyn had plenty of intel on No. 55’s game. On the court, James is aggressive and fearless. He’s played in extremely hostile environments overseas. After all, there are no flares being set off in the stands in the US.
James cherishes the opportunity to face his best friend in the league, Jrue Holiday. “It’s dope, to be honest,” James said. “We’ve played against each other in the summer a lot. It’s a good test — he’s one of the elite defenders in this league.” James was living at the Gansevoort Hotel during his two 10-day stints, but has since rented a place in Downtown Manhattan with his deal becoming permanent. Beyond this season, his future is unclear. But he’s pretty used to living out of a suitcase. Plus, he could see several more minutes in this series with Harden’s status up in the air. “I’m just trying to stay locked in,” James said.
Mike James was pressed into action after James Harden exited Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night when he aggravated his right hamstring injury, and the journeyman responded with 12 points in 30 dynamic minutes in a 115-107 win over the Bucks at Barclays Center. Harden’s availability for the remainder of the series is looking questionable at best, so James is likely to take on an outsized role for a Nets squad that will need contributions and play-making from beyond its (for now) Big 2. “It’s happened to us all year where something’s happened, some sort of adversity, someone goes down and the next man’s up,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “Mike, who would have thought before the game he’d play 30 minutes?