James distraught following injury


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Nets rookie small forward Damion James had never been injured before.

“I’ve never missed a game in my life,” James said. “I’ve never really been hurt. This is the first time.”

James will have surgery to repair a broken right foot on Monday in New York. He suffered the injury on Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks in the first five minutes of the game when he landed awkwardly.

There is no timetable for his return.

The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for James, who had just been named a starter coming off his career-best 10-point effort against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

“That was the worst part,” James said. “I wasn’t gonna tell coach [Avery Johnson] because I was coming off a couple good games and starting to play a lot. I was just gonna play through it. But I realized I couldn’t run and jump and I knew there was something wrong.”

Veteran Quinton Ross started in place of James as Johnson continues to bring Travis Outlaw off the bench following his demotion from the starting five.

Ross was held scoreless in 20 minutes, but played great defense on Kobe Bryant.

For the second straight game, Outlaw struggled coming off the bench, scoring just two points in six minutes. He's now 1 of his last 11 from the field.