J.J. Hickson was on the cover of the first Cavs Zine. Nothing can ever happen to change that.
We had high hopes for J.J. as a Cavalier once too, but sometimes the NBA gods have other plans.
He ended up in Sacramento for a time last season and things were looking pretty bad. Good news for Hickson is that he's now settled into a new home as a productive member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Prior to Blazers at Cavs last night I caught up with TheHickson.
JJ finished with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in his team's 118-117 win over the Cavaliers. He's averaging 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds on the 16-game season so far. His best performance was a 19-point, 18-rebound outing at Atlanta in November. He also scored 19 again at Brooklyn.
The biggest value he provides the Blazers, though, is his ability to compliment All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. LA would prefer to play the power forward position. Prior to J.J.'s arrival in Rip City, Aldridge was forced into center duties out of necessity.
His team could've lost to the Cavs last night if Nicolas Batum hadn't gone Larry Bird from the right corner in double OT. Even if that still happened, Alonzo Gee could've made it only a three that tied had he made both of his free throws just prior to the hero-bomb from Batum.