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NBA: Najera creating new memories

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: January 27, 2009
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/articleid/3340980/1/pictures/537390">Photo - New Jersey’s Eduardo Najera goes up for a dunk during Monday’s game between the Nets and the Thunder. Najera, who played in college at Oklahoma and lives in Edmond, said his NBA career has been everything he has hoped for. Ap photo
New Jersey’s Eduardo Najera goes up for a dunk during Monday’s game between the Nets and the Thunder. Najera, who played in college at Oklahoma and lives in Edmond, said his NBA career has been everything he has hoped for. Ap photo
One year, we finished 34-6 the second half. We hardly ever lost. That was a lot of fun. Now, I’m creating new memories.”

Najera, 32, has no plans to retire anytime soon. A new contract with New Jersey runs through the 2011-12 season.

"I’m not sure after that,” Najera said. "But if my body feels good, I’ll keep on going. I still feel young. I’m in really good shape. I can still compete with these guys. I love the competition. That’s what motivates me to work on my game every summer.”

Najera makes his offseason home in Edmond with his wife and three children. For weeks, he was looking forward to Monday’s game against the Thunder at the Ford Center.

"I love playing in this building,” Najera said. "The fans really get into it. There’s a lot of energy in the building. Even though I’m not playing for (the Thunder), I still feel this is home for me.”


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