Former Northeastern star Jose Barea fulfilled a dream Friday night in his return to Boston as a backup with the Dallas Mavericks. Barea played the last 6:41 of his team’s win over the Celtics and scored five points.
“It was one of the best moments of my life so far,” Barea said after the game. “I love those fans from Boston. They’re great. I enjoyed four years here playing for them, and now playing back in front of them is a lot of fun.”
The fortune of playing in the NBA is not lost on Barea, nor is the fortune of playing on the league’s best team.
“I’m really lucky,” said Barea. “It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m taking advantage of it. I’m on the best team in the league right now and it’s a lot of fun.”
Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said he didn’t feel any pressure to play Barea in his return to Boston.
“I mean, we are getting paid to win games and play our guys,” said Johnson. “But boy was I hoping at some point — even if it was for one second — I was hoping we could get him in tonight. I thought about it in the first half, but it was a little too early.”