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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nuggets Injury Update: J.J. Hickson progressing in his rehab


By on 5/29/2014 04:45:00 PM

The Denver Nuggets had a very disappointing 2013-2014 season, winning just 36 games after a 57-win season in 2012-2013. A major concern that the Nuggets need to address this off season is improving at defense that was 28th in the league in points allowed. They also need to come back healthy and that starts with forward J.J. Hickson, who missed 13 games late in the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee. Hickson is progressing nicely in his rehab and hopes to be ready by training camp.


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As reported by Aaron Lopez at Nuggets.com, two months following a torn ACL, Hickson is progressing very well in his rehab working with strength and conditioning coaches, trainers and a physical therapist.
“I do what they tell me. I don’t ask any questions. I trust those guys and I follow their lead.”
Hickson wants to be ready by training camp or at the start of the season, at the very latest. But he knows he must follow the schedule put before him by the training staff.  He's progressed to the point of shooting free throws and will begin running on an antigravity treadmill in a couple of weeks.
“I’m taking my time with it so when I come back, I don’t have to go back. Everybody’s body’s different. The guys upstairs recognize that. They do a great job of creating our workouts and doing what’s best for the player.”
Hickson had surgery at the end of March to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. The injury occurred early in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the Mavericks on March 22, when he went down along the baseline. Hickson was having a very solid season, averaging 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Hickson is a six-year NBA veteran out of North Carolina State.  He has played for the Cavaliers, Trail Blazers, Kings and Nuggets.  He averaged a career high 13.8 points per game in 2010-2011 and a career high 10.4 rebounds per game last season with the Trail Blazers.  Hickson has career averages of 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 426 games.


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