HoopsHype JJ Hickson rumors

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If there is a trademark J.J. Hickson look, it's a sweaty one. The Nuggets forward has made a name in the NBA through hard work, and isn't about to let it slide now during this, the most important few months of his career. Hickson is working his way back into form following surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the first surgery of any kind he's endured in his six-year career. He's aiming for a return prior to the start of the regular season, but it likely won't be at the start of training camp, he said. Hickson will be ready at "some point in" training camp, he told The Post on Monday. Denver Post

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Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson has a torn ligament in his right knee, general manager Tim Connelly said Saturday. A date for surgery to repair the ACL hasn't been set. Hickson is the fourth Denver player lost for the season to injury. Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson have all undergone season-ending operations. USA Today Sports

Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson has a sprained right knee and will be re-evaluated before any possible return. Hickson was injured early in the fourth quarter of Denver's 122-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. NBA.com

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Back in Atlanta, one of his two hometowns — Fort Lauderdale, Fla., being the other — at his grandmother's house, a palatial estate he bought for her when the NBA money started rolling in, Hickson has a bedroom. In that room he has pictures of the mother he didn't get to know as well as a son should. His mom, Keena, died of kidney failure when he was in seventh grade. "I have a ton of pictures," Hickson said. "A lot of pictures. Every couple of months I go back and look at them and it brings a smile to my face. That kind of, I don't want to say heals my wounds, but it's definitely comforting to see my mother's face. And you can always go back to that moment in whatever picture it was and remember like it was yesterday." He remembers his mom being "very outgoing. Tall. Just a good person, in general. Good person with pure heart." Denver Post

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To the 7-foot, 285-pound Bynum, Hickson is little more than a gnat. But Hickson was his active — or if you're Bynum, annoying — best. Bynum started with a warning swing of the elbows. The two got tangled up on another possession. And it all culminated in Bynum hacking down hard on Hickson in the third quarter, drawing a flagrant-1 foul. "I've got to play like that," Hickson said. "I'm an undersized (center). I have to make it tough on bigger centers, especially him. The guy was an all-star once before. I was just playing my game, playing hard and we got tangled up a couple of times. But it's nothing personal — just trying to play hard and get my team going." Denver Post

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Hickson, who averaged 10.4 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Trail Blazers last season, says Portland is a special city to him and always will be. He just elaborated on why he's irked with comments the general manager made about him. And in the process, he took a jab at his replacement. “It just rubbed me the wrong way some of the comments that were made by [Trail Blazers general manager] Neil Olshey,” Hickson explained to CSNNW.com. “I heard something to the extent of, ‘For the Blazers to be better, we can’t bring JJ back.’ That was one of the ones that really caught my attention. I was like, ‘wait, what?’ And they go out there and get a new center [Robin Lopez] and he has only three rebounds.” CSNNW.com

To be accurate, Lopez had two rebounds in that season-opening 104-91 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. But you get Hickson’s drift. "He can say whatever he wants to say," Lopez responded. "I'm a true center." CSNNW.com

In all fairness, Portland did Hickson a huge favor in the summer of 2012. According to a source briefed on the situation, says the Trail Blazers giving Hickson that one-year, $4 million qualifying offer was substantially more than what other teams were willing to pay to a player who had just come off of a inconsistent 2011-12 season between his time in Sacramento and Portland. The platform of having a starting job, albeit at center, with starter minutes, helped him immensely in securing a three-year, $15 million deal with the Nuggets. There were not many or any opportunities for him to start at other places prior to the 2012-13 season. CSNNW.com

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