Monday, June 28, 2010
AJ, Nets make summer haven for Big 12 foursome
By Jeff Caplan
Maybe Avery Johnson, the new head coach of the New Jersey Nets, has a spot for his old home state of Texas. The New Jersey Nets' Summer League team that will play in Orlando next month will look like a Texas Longhorns reunion.
Of course, Damion James, drafted 24th by Atlanta and then traded to New Jersey, is the headliner. He'll be joined by former teammates, guard A.J. Abrams and center Connor Atchley. Abrams played in Greece last year and Atchley played for the Dakota Wizards of the D-League.
Add to the reunion Baylor guard Tweety Carter and it's a Big 12 party -- that is as long as all grudges have been buried.
Surely, James has forgiven Carter for his Bears' four consecutive defeats of the Longhorns, including three beat downs this past season to turn the tables of that once one-sided rivalry.