Damion James journey from the University of Texas—where he played alongside Kevin Durant—to the Brooklyn Nets has been a long and tenuous one to say the least. James was a first round draft pick (No. 24) that was acquired in a draft day trade with the Atlanta Hawks in 2010 and looked to be a rotation player right away for the then New Jersey Nets.
Things did not work out so well for James in his first stint with the Nets due to two foot injuries but he has made his way back and signed a 10-day contract with Brooklyn.
Here’s more about James journey back to the Nets and into Brooklyn.
“I’m who I am,” James told HOOPSWORLD before making his first appearance of the season — a 17-second effort that included one rebound in Tuesday’s win over the Toronto Raptors. “I bring it to whoever and they bring it to me and guys that will be in my position will take it lightly but I don’t take it likely. I bring it to them. So they’re either going to elevate their game or I’m going to embarrass them.”
For James, the experience taught him about patience and focus — two things he’ll continue to rely on if he’s to succeed at this level.
“What I had to learn is that certain things you can’t control,” James said. “I couldn’t control breaking my foot twice, I couldn’t control that. I never been hurt in my whole entire life, never missed a basketball game my whole entire life. For it to be in my first two years in the NBA was kind of funky.
James still has a long way to go. Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he’s happy that the forward is familiar with the Nets’ system, but explained that he still needed a refresher course on some of the finer points of the playbook.