LAS VEGAS -- Bernard James was able to smile about half of what he was able to accomplish in Saturday's opener in the Las Vegas Summer League.
James collected nine rebounds and blocked three shots, which is what he specialized in doing during his rookie year with the Dallas Mavericks this past season. However, James missed all four of his field goal attempts and tallied just two points.
Those are the type of offensive miscues that limited James' time on the court last season to just 9.9 minutes per game.
"It was kind of a rough one for me,'' said James, after the Mavs nipped the Sacramento Kings, 76-73, at COX Pavilion. "I did OK on the defensive end.
"Offensively though I missed a lot of layups. I just got to focus on going up stronger and finishing better (in Sunday's game against Charlotte).''
Coach Rick Carlisle said he told James he needs to dominate in the summer league. Part of that domination needs to start at the offensive end of the floor.
"I need to be more efficient offensively,'' James said. "I played defense well last year during the regular NBA season.
"I need to also show I can contribute on the offensive end. I didn’t do so well with that today, but tomorrow is a new day. (I need to) focus a little more, go up strong and not let the little
bumps and grabs bother me.''
-- Dwain Price
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