Mario West says he didn’t keep track of the days left until his first Hawks contract expired.
“I was just trying to live in the moment,” he said.
That approach worked, with the Hawks signing him to a second 10-day contract Friday, so West doesn’t plan to worry about his next deal, either. Under NBA rules, after the second 10-day contract expires the Hawks can retain West only by signing him for the remainder of the season.
“If you think about the time and all that, you start to stress,” he said. “I am grateful for whatever time I have here.”
*Four-game proving ground: West, a product of Douglas County High School and Georgia Tech, has appeared in four games since signing Jan. 12. He was averaging 7.8 minutes per game entering Friday’s game against the Bobcats.
West played in 117 games for the Hawks from 2007-09. The Hawks cut West in training camp last summer and he was playing for the D-League’s Maine Red Claws when he was re-signed.
“I can’t stress enough how blessed I am to get to play the game I love, and play with guys who are like brothers and with a special organization,” he said.
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