LOS ANGELES -- Mike James believes his wisdom, maturity and general overall understanding of the game will be a bonus to the Dallas Mavericks.
James also believes he can be a leader in and out of the Mavs' locker room, and is ready to pitch in wherever coach Rick Carlisle puts him.
"Whether he wants me to be on the bench and be somebody that’s going to be able to help the young players, help the young guards develop, well that’s my job and I'm going to do that,'' James said. "If he wants me, when I go in the game, I've got to be ready to make plays, however that is.
"That’s mainly where I’m going to step in. Where I've been, that’s what I'm going to continue to keep doing and just be myself.''
The Mavs signed James to a 10-day contract Tuesday in hopes he can help bolster their inconsistent play at point guard. James will be in uniform Wednesday night at 9:30 -- and wearing his lucky No. 13 jersey -- when the Mavs play the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
With that, Carlisle is optimistic James, 37, will fit in well with the rest of his players.
"There’s no substitute for experience,'' Carlisle said. "Our younger guys have been doing some good things and they’ve been making progress and they’re going to continue to make progress."This is just another look at a guy that might be able to help us.''
-- Dwain Price
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