Gooden relishes role as spot starter

Updated: November 21, 2009, 11:00 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Drew Gooden wishes the circumstances that led to his entrance into the Dallas Mavericks' starting lineup were different.

However, he's determined to take advantage of the opportunity. And he's off to a heck of a start in that regard.

Gooden didn't know that he was getting his first start for the Mavericks until minutes before Sunday's game in Detroit. That's because Erick Dampier became ill during pregame warm-ups and had to be rushed to a Michigan hospital with an ...

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