Mike James scored eight points in his Brooklyn Nets debut on Friday night, a 109-104 win over the Boston Celtics.

James, who played 21 minutes, last was in the NBA back in 2018. He recently signed a 10-day deal with the Nets.

James admitted afterwards that he enjoyed not having to be the focal point of an offense as he grew older. 

“I liked playing a lot and having a star role. Just as you get older, I just don’t want to have that much responsibility on my shoulders every night.

“Playing 21 minutes a night is better for me and just not being as much of a focal point and just trying to help out. I feel like I can shine in that if I got the opportunity," said James.

Steve Nash added that he was impressed by James' ability to push the pace. 

“He’s been in the league before, and obviously, he’s had a terrific season in Europe. We know he’s a talented player. He obviously can score the ball, but I was really impressed with his pace, his ability to draw and kick and make the offense run faster and create openings for his teammates.”