J.J. lost his starting job, he thinks he knows how to get it back:
Hickson had a brief conversation with his coach.
“He said for me to be professional about it and deal with it,” he said.
He said he thinks he knows what it will take for him to get back in the coach’s good graces.
“I guess rebounding and play harder, which I did (on Tuesday in Philadelphia),” Hickson said.
Ya, I guess.
Hickson has certainly been a disappointment lately (averaging 8 points and 3 boards in the month of December). The Cavs aren’t very good (shocking!) and if they’re going to win/make the playoffs, they need reliable production from Hickson on both ends of the court. On a team full of streaky shooters (Mo, Boobie, The Jumpshooter), J.J. has to give consistant production (and his 11 points and 5 boards ain’t cutting it).
I’m not really sure what how the Cavs should handle this besides giving J.J. some tough love. He has the skills and the body to be a productive NBA starter for a long, long time.
Or he’s Drew Gooden 2.0.