Johnson joins summer team

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:09 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Arthur Johnson will have his chance to play in the NBA.

Johnson, a former star post player at Missouri, joined the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer league team this week. He will play with them during the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League, which began Tuesday and runs through Saturday. Johnson had five points, six rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes off the bench in the opener Tuesday, helping the Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 69-53.

Johnson, who earned All-Big 12 second team honors, led the team in scoring with 16.4 per game and had 7.5 rebounds per game. He finished his four-year career at Missouri as the school’s leader in blocks (245) and rebounds (1,083).

Rickey Paulding, whom the Detroit Pistons drafted with the 54th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, is also participating in the league. Paulding started and had 10 points and four rebounds in his summer league opener. Detroit beat the Milwaukee Bucks 74-58.

The former teammates will face each other at 10 a.m. Saturday, the league’s final day.

NBATV will televise Johnson’s game today against Minnesota at 7 p.m. and Thursday’s game against Milwaukee at 5 p.m.

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