Shawne Williams was in camp Friday and the Nets continue their recruiting of Andrei Kirilenko, but on Saturday afternoon, the starting small forward for the Nets will be 24-year-old second year player, Damion James and he's not giving it up easily.
"To be honest, I came into camp expecting to be the starting three,'' James said. "Because last year, I was starting before I broke my foot; my first game back off my broken foot I started. So I expected that spot to be mine, man."
Shawne Williams was shooting around but his availability for Saturday is still up in the air. Although the Nets are both privately and publicly recruiting Kirilenko (as well as Kris Humphries), there's nothing new to report.
Fred Kerber reports there's been "little movement" on the Kirilenko front. The big competition for AK-47, it appears, is not the Kings, but CSKA Moscow, Mikhail Prokhorov's old team. Kirilenko signed a three-year deal with an "NBA" out in the summer and moved his wife and family to Moscow, much as Deron Williams did to Istanbul.
- Damion James to start for Nets in preseason opener vs. Knicks - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- Shawne Williams practices with Nets for first time - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
Nets' James expects to be the starting three - Kristie Ackert - The InterNets
- Nets Practice Report: Shawne Speaks for First Time - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets