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Pincus: Blazers F J.J. Hickson Talks Debut, Future

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Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld.com with some quotes from Portland Trail Blazers forward J.J. Hickson after his strong debut against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. -------------------------------------- Hickson played 22 minutes for the Blazers in their 103-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored an efficient 14 points on 6-9 shooting despite not having a single practice with the team. "No, but we had shootaround at the hotel this morning," said J.J. "We went over personnel, went over their plays and before the game we will go over some more stuff. I’ve been concentrating on the scouting report since I haven’t been able to practice and get the offensive sets down, but it’s pretty simple stuff. Nothing in the NBA is too hard to learn as far as plays. I think when I get out there and get up and down the court a little bit I’ll be good." ... Hickson is hopeful the Blazers can be a long-term destination. "That’s something that I have no control over at the end of the day but I’m going to come out and play my game and let the cookies crumble where they may," said Hickson. "I think as long as I play hard and stick to my strengths and continue to work on my weaknesses and get better then I think the skies the limit for myself." -------------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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