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Sydney Kings sign Damion James as injury replacement
The Sydney Kings today announced the signing of Damion James as an injury replacement player for import Josh Childress. The organisation acted swiftly after it was confirmed that Childress fractured a finger on his left hand during Friday’s loss to Cairns and will be sidelined for up to four weeks. Standing at 201cm (6’7”) and 102kg (225lbs), James is a powerful combo-forward who can play both the small forward and power forward position. Sydney Kings Head of Basketball Operations Tim Hudson is confident that James’ versatility and skillset will be a strong compliment to the team. “Damion adds a new dynamic to the Kings’ roster. Along with his versatility he brings toughness and valuable experience to the team at a critical time” said Hudson. “He is a team-first guy that has a reputation of being an excellent rebounder and defender and with the next two games against arguably the most physical teams in the league, these attributes will be well welcomed.” James was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 24th Overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and spent four seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs. More recently, James competed for Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the EuroChallenge and LNB Pro A League in France after a successful stint in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends. Sydney Kings Head Coach Joe Connelly is delighted to have a player of James’ character and ability join the roster on such short notice. “I’ve spoken with Damion on the phone and he is hungry to step in and help us out right away,” said Connelly.
“There has been nothing but high praise about Damion as a player, and more importantly as a person, so we’re obviously excited to have him on the team as we embark on this next crucial stretch of games.” Before turning professional, James had an outstanding four-year college career at the University of Texas where he played alongside NBA star Kevin Durant as a freshman. As a senior for the Texas Longhorns, he averaged 18 points, 10.3 rebounds and one assist per game while being named as a TSN Second-team All American and AP Third-team All-American. James will join the Sydney Kings tomorrow ahead of Friday’s game against the Breakers in New Zealand. The Kings then return to Sydney to face the Perth Wildcats on Sunday in the final game at the Qantas Credit Union Arena.