Ex-Cat Johnson to wear No. 3, in nod to uncle

2014-06-30T18:16:00Z 2014-07-01T09:47:06Z Ex-Cat Johnson to wear No. 3, in nod to uncleStaff and wire reports Arizona Daily Star
June 30, 2014 6:16 pm  • 

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 Rockets.com. “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.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Washington State 3 5 0 0.375 9 11 0 0.450
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Colorado at
USC
1/29 98-94
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 59-69
California at
Washington State
1/29 76-67
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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