Bernard James Steals Show at Draft
Bernard James wasn’t the first pick of Thursday night’s NBA Draft in New Jersey. James didn’t even go in the first round. But the Florida State power forward stole the show when his name was called with the 33rd overall pick.
James, who will head to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a draft night trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, wasn’t expecting to be a lottery pick but he attended the event at the Prudential Center anyway.
Following his name being called by NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, the crowd started chanting U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
James, 27, served in the United States Air Force for six years before attending FSU. The crowd was simply showing their appreciation for his service. James nodded and thanked the crowd as he made his way to the stage.