VIDEO: Air Force Veteran Bernard James Drafted By Mavericks, Hears U-S-A Chants

Bernard James, a 27-year-old prospect who played center at Florida State, was taken No. 33 by a pick sent to the Dallas Mavericks. He received a reaction from the crowd larger than just about everyone else, with the crowd at the Prudential Center chanting "U-S-A" at James. The reason: James is an Air Force veteran, having served three tours of duty in Iraq.

Here's the clip of the assembled fans paying respect.

Whether James ever plays a minute in the playoffs or gets an NBA start, his draft process was worth it to see the respect paid to our military veterans. Warm and fuzzies always win.

For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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