Former UA star Nick Johnson flashed his new No. 3 jersey for the Houston Rockets on Monday, choosing it in part because his uncle, Dennis Johnson, wore the number for the Celtics in the 1980s.

Oh, and there’s another problem with Nick’s old Arizona number.

“James has my 13,” he said of Rockets star James Harden, smiling.

Both have reportedly moved on from Johnson’s tweet earlier this season that Harden played “NOOOOOOOOOO DEFENSE.”

Johnson has been marketing himself as a defensive-minded combo guard as he begins his professional career.

“I’m just going to do whatever it takes for me to earn a role on this team,” he said, according to “I’m going to work hard … I’m going to play hard on defense and show my athleticism, and I’m going to live in the gym.

“If you look back at my career, that’s what I’m about: I want to win and I’ll do anything to win. ... I’m excited.”

Bruce Pascoe

Rim shots

  • Milwaukee fired coach
  • Larry Drew
  • on Monday, paving the way for the expected arrival of Nets coach
  • Jason Kidd
  • , who coached Brooklyn for only one season. The Bucks will give the Nets a second-round draft pick in 2015 that was formerly their own, and another in 2019 belonging to Milwaukee or Sacramento.
  • The NBA free agent market officially opens tonight at midnight, and Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland and even Phoenix could vie for free agents such as
  • LeBron James
  • ,
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • ,
  • Dwayne Wade
  • and
  • Chris Bosh
  • .
  • Orlando waived guard
  • Jameer Nelson
  • , parting ways with their longest-tenured player in a move to save valuable salary cap space and turn a page toward the future. The Magic would have owed him $8 million for the final year of a three-year deal. Nelson, drafted in 2004, averaged 12.6 apoints and 5.4 assists and led Orlando to the 2009 NBA finals.