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Blue knows what it’s like to receive James‘ support as well. As a rookie last year, Blue averaged only 7.5 minutes a game. When she felt frustrated with her role, James often told her to remain patient.

I don’t know if I’d be on this team without her, Blue said. She was always that person to motivate me, and I know she does that to a lot of other players. The veterans look to her for advice. That’s big given she’s a second-year player.

For now, most of her advice will be fashion-related. But James feels confident performances like her recent seven-point efforts against the Houston Comets and Minnesota Lynx in only 10 and 13 minutes, respectively, will yield to a bigger role.

I’m just me, James said. I try to make light of a lot of situations.