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Chris McCullough's debut overshadowed by Joe Johnson heroics, but the promise was evident

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Chris McCullough finally debuted Monday night vs. the Nuggets and although he played limited minutes, the 21-year-old looked good for someone who had missed 50 straight games and hadn't played any organized basketball for 393 days, since blowing out his knee at Syracuse.

The 6'11" forward, who twice spelled Thaddeus Young a the 4, scored two points on a 20-foot jumper from the left wing, grabbed two rebounds, blocked a shot and stole the ball in 11 minutes, evenly divided between halves. He also committed three personals, not surprising for an NBA debut.

"It just felt good to be out there," said McCullough, who looked comfortable. "It was good being on the court. Just to finally hear my name called, it felt great.

"It felt good to play my game, do what I do, block shots, rebound, run the floor. I did that."

Corey Porter, who has chronicled McCullough's recovery, posted a video on the 393-day process, including his debut.

McCullough said he's restricted to no more than 14 minutes per game — at least for now -- and admitted to being a bit winded.  "I was dead after the first three minutes, but it was good to be out there again."  The Bronx product is the first native New Yorker to play for the Brooklyn Nets.