HoopsHype JJ Hickson rumors

December 26, 2014 Updates

Lowe, now an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves, may have only had one season to gauge Hickson’s NBA potential, but he’s watched him over the last six-plus years in the pros and has seen enough to know that the Nuggets forward can be better. “I think he’s doing OK,” Lowe said after the Timberwolves’ morning shootaround Friday. “I think he can be better. I know he can be better. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him to find out what’s going on, but he can be better.” Denver Post

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"I'm a no-excuse guy," Hickson said Monday at the Pepsi Center. "I did what I did and now I've got to pay for it. I just want to get it past me and continue to help this ball team win games and get better every day." Hickson recently was suspended for violating provisions of the NBA's anti-drug policy. He said he apologized to his team. "I talked to (general manager) Tim (Connelly) and coach (Brian) Shaw and my teammates," Hickson said. "I talked to everybody." Denver Post

His message to his teammates? "I let them know that I messed up and it won't happen again. Because it doesn't just hurt me and my pocketbook, it hurts the team and that's what I'm playing for, the team," Hickson said. Denver Post

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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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Citing an unnamed league source, a reporter in Portland recently posted a tweet saying Hickson was eyeing a January return. Hickson bristled at the projection. “That’s false,” he said. “I’m looking to be ready for training camp. If not, definitely before the season starts.” NBA.com

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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

December 5, 2013 Updates

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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