SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27: Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Tyshawn Taylor's split his time this summer between his high school gym in Jersey City and the PNY Center a few miles inland in East Rutherford, first working with Doug Overton and now with the Nets veterans. Soon, he'll be working with Avery Johnson. To him, it's all good.
"I'm just so happy to be there," he said. "I'm going to do everything with a smile on my face, because there are so many people that are in my position that's not really in my position." He's got a lot of advantages: playing near home, playing with a roster filled with top players and veterans, working with a coach who played his position.
"I'm just looking forward to him coaching me," said Taylor of Johnson. "He was a tough guard who defended and made the right plays. I think that's who I gotta be."
Taylor draws inspiration from Avery - Jared Zwerling - ESPN New York