Darius Johnson-Odom joins Armor, but 66ers blow them out

Andy Lyons

Going into Friday's game, the Armor was 3-10, the Tulsa 66ers 2-13. Springfield was playing Tulsa at home and had acquired point guard Darius Johnson-Odom, the former Laker, in the hours before the game. All good. Then, the Armor got blown out.

At the end of the first quarter, the Armor was down by 21, at the end of the half, the deficit was 28. By the middle of the third, it had jumped to 42. It's hard to isolate a single reason for such futility but the 66ers hit 15-of-33 on three pointers.

Johnson-Odom led the Armor with 16 points, shooting 3-of-10 overall but hitting all 10 of his free throws.

DJO is a 6'2" shooting guard who is athletic and a solid defender. After a great career at Marquette, winning the Big East Player of the Year, Johnson-Odom was drafted #55 by the Mavericks in the 2012 Draft, then traded to the Lakers. He was taken just after Toko Shengelia. He played six minutes in four games for the Lakers without scoring before joining the D-Fenders, L.A.'s D-League team, where he averaged 20.6 points. He was cut a year ago.  Since then, he's played in Russia; was invited to the Lakers camp then cut while the team was in Shanghai so he could sign with a Chinese team. He left China after only a handful of games in November. He then entered the D-League player pool and was picked up by the Armor Friday.

Is he a possibility for the Nets? Not likely, but he could wind up in the Nets training camp.

Willie Reed finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

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