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January 22, 2012 Updates

The Nets got good news about one of their injured small forwards yesterday, and bad news about the other. Shawne Williams went through vigorous workouts yesterday and is expected to return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Bobcats after missing the last four games with shin splints. But the Nets have lost Damion James indefinitely, and he will undergo surgery on his right foot Tuesday to replace the screw he had inserted last year to help repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in the foot. “It’s disappointing,” coach Avery Johnson said before last night’s 84-74 loss to the Thunder. “Here’s a kid we drafted last year, we had him inked in as his starting three man and in the Eastern Conference … Hopefully the surgery will go well, and for us and him and his career, hopefully we can get this corrected and he won’t have a problem anymore.” New York Post

January 7, 2012 Updates

Damion James expects to get an MRI on Sunday to see what is going on inside his sore right foot, but the second-year forward insists it is unrelated to the broken foot that sidelined him for 34 games last year. “No, no, hell no,” James said before he missed his first game of the season tonight, a 97-85 Nets win over the Toronto Raptors. “I couldn’t move my toes last year when I broke my foot. I’ve got all the motion in my toes (this time). I just can’t explode the way I want to.” James was injured Wednesday in Boston when he stepped on the foot of Celtics guard Paul Pierce. He said the foot was not X-rayed because the doctor who examined him that night thought the foot looked fine and an X-ray wasn’t necessary. Newark Star-Ledger

December 10, 2011 Updates

But is that enough to get the league’s most dominant center? Also, can the Nets clear more than $5 million in salary cap space to make the deal work under NBA trade rules? My sources tell me New Jersey is confident it can clear the additional cap room, so the timetable on getting this mega-deal done could be quick rather than slow. (Trading Jordan Farmar and Damion James for a draft pick would get the Nets the room they need). SheridanHoops

December 5, 2011 Updates
April 4, 2011 Updates

Avery Johnson said today that Kris Humphries and rookie Damion James could be done for the season if they don’t return by Friday’s game against the Knicks. Both starters will miss Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves. The Nets (23-53) have six games remaining, but none are more important than Hudson rival game at the Prudential Center. Once that’s over, it’s hard to imagine Johnson risking hobbled players against the Raptors, Bobcats and Bulls. New York Daily News

The Nets are limping to the finish line of their third straight playoff-less season literally, as well as figuratively. Anthony Morrow (knee tendinitis) and Kris Humphries (strained heel) did not practice today, and both Ben Uzoh (bone bruise knee) and Damion James (sore foot) were limited to shooting only. Deron Williams, as has been the case since he returned to the team last week, was held out of the contact portion of the practice. "We had a good four-on-four drill today,'' coach Avery Johnson said. Johnson labeled it "highly unlikely'' that James -- whom he had hoped would be ready to practice today -- will play again before the Nets' season ends next week. "To bring him back with one game left in the season, or two – we’re not sure what’s the benefit of that,'' Johnson said. Newark Star-Ledger

March 22, 2011 Updates

New Jersey Nets starting small forward Damion James will miss the next two games with complications from foot surgery, head coach Avery Johnson said. Stephen Graham will start in his place on Monday night against the Indiana Pacers. "He's got some soreness and tenderness in that area that we're concerned with," Johnson said. "The doctor is gonna take a look at him tonight. But he's definitely out tonight and you can count him out for the next game." ESPN.com

March 21, 2011 Updates
March 9, 2011 Updates

During today's shootaround, Avery Johnson offered a little insight into the concussion suffered by Damion James. Unlike the one Anthony Morrow suffered Friday -- which was only a mild concussion that had no lingering symptoms -- James' concussion sustained Saturday is far more serious. "He still has headaches, he still has a concussion," Johnson said. "It's not concussion-like symptoms, he has a Grade 1 concussion." Newark Star-Ledger

February 16, 2011 Updates

Damion James will be playing in the NBA Development League for a little bit. The Nets said they would wait to decide whether he would or not until after tonight’s game against the Celtics. But James is inactive so he’s not going to get any run, meaning he will miss his 34th straight game after breaking his foot on Dec. 9. Coach Avery Johnson said recently that James might spend two games with Springfield of the D-League and meet the Nets during their two-game trip next weekend at San Antonio and Houston. That’s a certainty now just so James can play 30-plus minutes and help get his conditioning, stamina and rhythm back since Johnson wants him to start in the near future. Bergen Record

The Nets’ potential starting small forward of the near future returned Tuesday as Damion James practiced for the first time in more than two months. Coach Avery Johnson said there is "a 20 percent chance" James, who missed 33 games after breaking his right foot Dec. 9, could play tonight against the Celtics. It’s both teams’ last game before the All-Star break. Johnson wants to start James after the Nets return so he can "evaluate" the rookie. "He’s not going to come in and turn our whole season around," Johnson said. "He’ll come in and give us more energy, especially defensively. He can do things with his hustle and defensive prowess that you just can’t teach. He’s instinctive in that area." Bergen Record

February 14, 2011 Updates

Johnson said rookie forward Damion James is "right on schedule'' and should practice with the team tomorrow for the first time since suffering a broken right foot in his first NBA start Dec. 9 in Dallas. If all goes well in his first practice, James could play a few minutes in Wednesday's game at Boston, and the team will decide Thursday if James will go to the D-League to play some games next week. After Wednesday's game, the Nets do not play again until next Friday, Feb. 25. Newark Star-Ledger

January 18, 2011 Updates
December 14, 2010 Updates

Damion James had surgery to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot and will miss 6-8 weeks. New York Post

December 13, 2010 Updates

Rookie small forward Damion James broke his right foot early in Thursday’s game at Dallas and continued playing. But he likely will miss at least two months after undergoing surgery today. "Bad news for the kid and for us because he was just starting to come on," coach Avery Johnson said. More will be known about James’ timetable after the surgery. Bergen Record

December 12, 2010 Updates

New Jersey Nets rookie small forward Damion James woke up on Friday morning with what he thought was normal soreness in his right foot. Results of X-rays and an MRI, however, revealed otherwise. James suffered a broken right foot on Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks according to head coach Avery Johnson, who said James will visit with doctors on Sunday. James will undergo surgery on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. A timetable for his return will be announced following the surgery, the team announced. "It's bad news for the kid and for us because he was just starting to come on," Johnson said of James, who made his first career start Thursday. ESPN.com

June 25, 2010 Updates

So Favors and Damion James are the latest pieces in the makeover of the Nets, who were a dreadful 12-70 last season but have a glistening horizon. "They're trying to move forward and win a championship in a few years, and I'm happy to be part of it," Favors said. "I'm open to learning [Russian]." New York Post

June 23, 2010 Updates

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