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July 22, 2008
NBA dreaming

David Johnson's phone rang at 7 this morning. His longtime girlfriend, Jessica Raumer, picked up the call, squeaking out a half-awake hello.
"Is someone sleeping?" the voice inquired. "This is Larry Bird."
If only every morning began this way for Johnson, a 2001 Davis High School graduate who refuses to give up his NBA dreams. Johnson was vaulted from obscurity earlier this month after he made the Kings' summer league roster, albeit for a short stint. He was let go after the team trimmed its roster from 18 to 14 on July 11 following two practices in Sacramento.
"A lot of doors are opening," Johnson said this afternoon. "I've gotten a call back from Don Nelson and Larry Bird woke us up this morning."
Johnson, 25, said he hears a familiar sentiment from NBA bigwigs.
"They will keep me in mind," Johnson said. "That's great. Before this, no one would keep me in mind."
A full-length feature on Johnson is in the works. In the meantime, he has a Web site that should be up Wednesday afternoon.

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