Hickson Wants To Stay In Portland
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/12/2012 1:51 PM

    Via Chris Haynes - CSNNW
    “I can't get wrapped up in all of that. My agent will handle the business side,” Hickson told CSNNW.com. “I do want to let them know that I want to be here, but I'm just going to continue playing basketball.”
    But the Trail Blazers are going to take a wait and see approach with Hickson-
    “We still want to evaluate J.J. in these next seven games,” Acting GM Chad Buchanan told CSNNW.com. “We're excited to have him and he's playing some great ball for us. We have time before making a decision.”
    J.J. says his season in Sacramento could have been salvaged had he been given an opportunity-
    “I had a tough season in Sacramento,” Hickson said. “It was just different over there. There were a lot of things that factored into my play, but I could have done the same thing over there if I had the chance.”

    "I've been solid during my professional career and I don't expect that to change.”
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 04/12/2012 2:03 PM

    just ask for 5 mil, and we will sign u for 4 yrs and ull get playing time
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/16/2012 12:13 PM

    J.J. continues to make it clear he wants to stay in Portland. Here are a few exerts from him Q & A session with SLAM:
    SLAM:  What were your initial reactions when you first learned that you’d finish this season as a member of the Portland Trailblazers?
    JJ Hickson: I was really excited. I was ecstatic about joining this team in Portland, and getting into a situation where I could really prosper, and show what I can do.
    SLAM: Since you’ve been in Portland, what has it been about that team, that fit, and the Portland organization that has helped you be as productive as you have been in these last 14 games?
    JH: I just feel comfortable in this system; it’s a system that works for me. We run a lot of pick and rolls, and I have guys on this team that compliment the way I play, and vice versa. I think we all compliment each other on this team right now. We all share the ball, there’s nobody with selfish attitudes on this team, we like to have fun, and we like to win. I know our Playoff chances are slim right now, but at the same time we’re all about finishing up strong, and creating as much momentum as we can heading into next season.
    SLAM: Can you talk about playing for Coach Canales…and how has the team responded to him since you’ve been in Portland?
    JJ Hickson: Coach is a great coach, man. He’s young and he’s very energetic; he’s just like me. He’s very hands on, but at the same time he’s a great coach who’s going to tell you when you’re messing up, and he’s also going to tell you what you’re doing well. He’s definitely a defensive minded coach too. I’ve only known Coach for a couple weeks or so, but I’ll run through a wall for him already. I think I speak for the whole team when I say that.
    SLAM: Next year, being a restricted free agent, is Portland a place you’d like to stay and possibly re-sign with moving forward?
    JH: Of course, I would love it. I’ve been getting some positive feedback from Coach, and from the organization as a whole, and I would love to re-sign here. As far as the guys on the court, as far as my teammates go, we all like each other off the court and we all get along too. Guys hang out off the court, and I think that builds a chemistry that leads to winning basketball. So I would love to come back here, continue to be a Portland Trailblazer, and help be part of something special that we’re building here.
    Read more from his interview with SLAM>>>
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 04/17/2012 2:49 AM

    That's good because we WANT him to stay here.
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  1. zkelly0102
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    Posted 04/17/2012 8:44 AM

    We dont need hickson but he is a great asset, i say we keep him. hes helped us win games more than thabeet has! If we get a PG during free agency that can get us  about 8 or 9  assists a game, he could end up being a great asset
    I am a fan of getting Steve Nash
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