Mavericks: J.J. Barea leads story time with his children

Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea spent some quality time with two of his children by reading them a story. See him in action here.

The Dallas Mavericks have used J.J. Barea in a different role this season. Coach Rick Carlisle has made him the spark plug. The player he calls upon when the Mavs need a boost. Barea has delivered well in that role, but it has scaled back his playing time.

Maybe that is for the best. The 35-year-old is just over a year removed from having surgery on a torn Achilles. The goal was likely to keep him healthy for a needed moment in the playoffs. He is the only current Maverick with a championship ring. He was the backup point guard on Dallas’ 2011 team that defeated LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the finals.

Barea was going to be called on more down the stretch. Jalen Brunson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Feb. 22. Since that game, Barea saw action in eight of ten contests. He played in a total of 18 before Brunson’s injury.

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Fans may never get to find out what role J.J. Barea would have played in the postseason. The season is suspended right now with no plan on when or if it can resume. The NBA wants to crown a champion but will not risk people’s safety to do so.

Story time with J.J.

The hiatus has forced all the Mavericks to take a step back from basketball. The practice facility is closed. All the players are at home doing their part. It has allowed fans to get a glimpse at them in a different light too.

On Saturday morning, J.J. Barea read a story to his two young children. Supporters can see the video here.

He was also spotted hanging with his older son on Instagram. Barea is getting to spend more time with his family during the suspension in play. It is cool to see him making the most of it.

Hopefully, everyone is staying safe and healthy during this difficult time. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend more time with your immediate family too.

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