For Eddie Jones' first appearance as Maverick, his job is no other than to guard LeBron James, perhaps the toughest cover in the game today.
"I've been in the league 14 years; Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, I mean come on, man.
"I've always taken those jobs of guarding the better player on each team. I think that's the reason I've been in the league for so long because teams know I'm going to go out there and I'm going to fight my butt off."
So there you go.
In other news with newcomer E. Jones, the 6-foot-6 swingman pretty much figures he's going to be the team's starting two-guard when Josh Howard returns on Saturday and the Mavs roll out their true starting lineup. Obviously, with Howard suspended for the first two games, Jones figures to be in the starting lineup regardless, and for at least two games, he figures to play quite a bit more than the 20 minutes he'll likely typically see during the season.
So is he ready for those kind of minutes against LeBron? Remember, Avery Johnson's been harping on him about getting into playing shape.
"I'm ready," Jones said. "I've been working my butt off on the floor and off the floor to get in better shape."
-- Jeff Caplan