The NBA started its 2010-2011 season last night to a ‘big whoop’ in these parts. I don’t even think our message boards had a single thread about ‘The League’s’ opening night. Nonetheless, the Cleveland Cavaliers and JJ Hickson open their season against the Boston Celtics tonight.
From page 76 of the August 30th, 2010 edition of The Sporting News
Scouts’ Views: 5 guys about to make it big
5. JJ Hickson, PF, Cavaliers. There is a reason everybody wanted this guy at the trading deadline, but the Cavs will be happy they kept him. He is a beast inside and a great athlete. He could eventually block 2.5 to three shots per game. He will be a good rebounder, and although he might not have the smoothest offensive game, he runs the floor very well – and they’re going to be a good transition team.
October 22, 2010 of Ohio.com (Link)
Hickson’s offensive bumbling infuriates – Coach says starting job is in trouble because he doesn’t know schemes
J.J. Hickson went to the bench with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter Tuesday. He didn’t need to get up the rest of the night.
Coach Byron Scott’s frustration with Hickson boiled over in the Cavaliers’ final preseason game, an 83-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that allowed the Cavs to finish the preseason 6-2. But Scott didn’t care much about the six victories as much as he did the mental lapses that caused Hickson to turn the ball over five times in 20 minutes.
Hickson still doesn’t know the Princeton offense, Scott said, and he’s quickly running out of time.
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