LOS ANGELES -- Mike James fashions himself as a playmaker. And that made him the perfect candidate to become a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs have very few playmakers on their roster, which is one of the reasons they find themselves in a 13-22 rut. But James, who signed a 10-day contract with the Mavs on Tuesday, should be able to help in this situation.
By James' account, he's got exactly what the Mavs need.
"Especially at the point guard position you've got to be able to make plays,'' James said. "And making plays doesn't just mean scoring the ball.
"That means getting people the ball in the right position, and when the shot is there, you take the shot. But if the shot isn't there you''ve got to be able to create for someone else.''
James hopes to be very creative when the Mavs face the Los Angeles Clippers at 9:30 tonight at the Staples Center. The 37-old year knows the point guard has taken a drastric change since he first broke into the NBA in 2001.
"The traditional point guard in this era now. . .is a point guard that's able to make plays, not just for themselves, but for others,'' James said. "The point guard position has changed in the new millennium.
"There’s not too many John Stocktons in the game no longer.''
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