BATON ROUGE - New Orleans Hornet Marcus Thornton has company from his 2009 LSU Southeastern Conference championship team playing with him on teams in the National Basketball Association.
Center Chris Johnson and guard Garrett Temple have both received 10-day contracts for separate NBA teams, Johnson with the Portland Trail Blazers and Temple with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Johnson had been playing for the Dakota Wizards and Temple was on the Erie Bayhawks team with another member of that 2009 team, Tasmin Mitchell, who finished his career in 2010.
Johnson was averaging 17.2 points and 9.7 rebounds with the Wizards. Temple, who started the season with San Antonio after finishing last season with the Spurs, was released early in the 2010-11 season and returned to the D-League team in Eric where he averaged 14.4 points for his nine games.
This will be the fourth NBA team that Temple has played four after getting 10-day contracts with Houston, Sacramento and San Antonio, before the Spurs signed him for the remainder of the season after joining their team.
This brings the total of NBA players from LSU currently in the league to eight with Johnson and Temple joining Brandon Bass (Orlando), Glen Davis (Boston), Shaquille O'Neal (Boston), Anthony Randolph (NY Knicks), Tyrus Thomas (Charlotte) and Thornton (New Orleans).