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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Bulls Assign James Johnson To Energy
NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2011 – Chicago Bulls forward James Johnson was assigned to the Iowa Energy, the Bulls’ NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 34th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Johnson, a second-year pro out of Wake Forest.
Johnson (6-9, 245) has appeared in 12 games this season with the Bulls, averaging 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 10.2 minutes. In 77 career games with Chicago, Johnson is averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.4 minutes.
The Bulls selected Johnson in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Wake Forest, Johnson averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 61 games, and was named an All-ACC Third Team selection both seasons.
Johnson is expected to join the Energy for the team’s home game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday. Bulls fans can keep track of Johnson and the Energy by logging onto nba.com/dleague to watch every game live, online, for free.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.
Full name is James Patrick Johnson … son of Willie and Vi Johnson … an early-entry candidate for NBA Draft 2009 … his father is a seven-time world kickboxing champion … he has used martial arts to train and went 21-0 in competition … is the middle child of nine children (six brothers and two sisters) … averaged 28 points and nine rebounds to lead Wyoming High School Athletic Association playoffs in scoring and boards; also led the state in blocks … as a junior in high school, he led his school to the 2006 Class 4A state championship with 25 points and 11 rebounds over Cheyenne Central … hosted the Chicago Bulls and Kia Motors Back-to-School supply drive rally to deliver school supplies to students at Howe Elementary School.