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- Nuggets' Hickson suspended 5 games by NBA (The Associated Press) September 17, 2014NEW YORK (AP) -- Denver Nuggets center/forward J.J. Hickson was suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the terms of the anti-drug program.
- US basketball reigns in Spain, awaits Rio Olympics (The Associated Press) September 15, 2014The Americans had embarrassed themselves at home in the 2002 world championship, and when they haphazardly put together their team for the 2004 Olympics, nobody should have been surprised if they lost. Now the Americans run perhaps the most stable program in the world, gold medalists at both the men's and women's, senior and junior levels. Yet Mike Krzyzewski will prepare as if their opener in Rio de Janeiro is as uncertain as the one in Athens. ''I think we can lose our next game,'' Krzyzewski said.
- Carmelo Anthony thinks he inspired LeBron James' Cleveland homecoming (Ball Don't Lie) September 10, 2014When LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers , his original NBA team and the franchise closest to his hometown of Akron, the reaction was largely positive. LeBron didn't only reverse the pain of 2010's widely criticized "The Decision" — he also expressed a seemingly genuine desire to give back to his home state and community. It reminded NBA fans that the sport isn't just about the business. Sometimes, a player can make a decision with a sizable interest in his own history and in leaving a legacy to others who might grow up in a similar situation. Yet James is not the first superstar to opt to play for his hometown team. In 2011, Carmelo Anthony, born in Brooklyn, orchestrated a trade to the New York Knicks, ostensibly the team he grew up watching. This summer, Anthony chose not to move elsewhere as a free agent in part because he is comfortable in the NYC environment. In fact, Anthony believes that his own success and hero's welcome in his hometown may have inspired LeBron to return to Cleveland. From Lisa Granatstein for Adweek , although much of the article takes the form of an interview with former New York Giants star and TV personality Michael Strahan (via SLAM ): Strahan: [On being a pro athlete in New York] Not only on the court, but off the court, you’re the leader. Everything you do is more scrutinized. You have to be more careful than anybody else. And watching LeBron [James] go back to Cleveland, did that affect your decision on staying in New York, and did you learn anything from watching LeBron go back home? Anthony: No. Honestly, I think it was the other way around. I think he saw when I came back home to New York and saw the response and saw the reaction and saw how at peace I was when I came back home. ... I’m pretty sure he looked at that moment and saw that that was a very special moment, and he had the opportunity to go back home himself and regain that love. With all due respect to Melo, it stands to reason that LeBron could have made this decision without the precedent of Anthony, which isn't even a particularly great model given that the Knicks are a disappointing outfit and widely criticized by New Yorkers even when their star is at his best. If anything, Anthony would serve as an example of how returning home can be a complicated event in which public relations and good feelings cannot substitute for elite performances on the court. For that matter, the character of Anthony's apparent homecoming has been unclear for some time. While Melo was born in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood and lived in the borough until he was eight years old, he spent the bulk of his youth in West Baltimore and was overwhelmingly identified with that city prior to his trade to the Knicks. When Melo began to talk up his New York connections around the time of that deal, it struck some as a calculated PR ploy to deflect attention away from his camp's unpopular, months-long attempts to orchestrate a move away from the Denver Nuggets (derisively known as the "Melodrama"). That perspective isn't especially fair to Melo — there's no reason a person can't feel a meaningful connection to two cities he called home — but it does question the idea that his time with the Knicks has been an unmitigated success and a model for other high-profile free agents. Melo's not exactly Derek Jeter or John Starks when it comes to New York popularity. Then again, this interview is just the latest stop in Anthony's very long offseason media tour, a journey that has included press for his new venture capital firm and soundbytes regarding his desire to brand himself as " the digital athlete ," which is either a meaningless buzzword or an indication that Melo recently purchased several copies of " Transcendence " on home video. Perhaps it's best to take his latest comment as an act of brand-building and little more. More NBA coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
- Chauncey Billups retires: 'It's just time' (Yahoo Sports) September 10, 2014After 17 NBA seasons, former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups is ending his playing career.
- US, Lithuania win to set up World Cup semifinal (The Associated Press) September 9, 2014Lithuania will have another chance to upset the United States after the two teams set up a semifinal rematch at the Basketball World Cup. Renaldas Seibutis scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Lithuania outshot Turkey from behind the 3-point line to win their quarterfinal 73-61 on Tuesday. ''Everybody counts on that USA is the favourite, but we would have to give a fight against them for the semifinal,'' said Lithuania forward Jonas Maciulis. ''We have to fight and seize the chance to play the final.'' Backup guard Martynas Pocius added 13 points off the bench for the reigning bronze medalists as Lithuania's substitutes outscored Turkey's 28-6.
- J.J. Hickson suspended 5 games for drug violation September 18, 2014Denver Nuggets center J.J. Hickson will miss five games of the regular season for breaking the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced Wednesday. The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey first reported the suspension and added the team is not expected to comment on the matter. Players who have tested positive for marijuana three times receive five-game suspensions per the CBA. Hickson is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in March and should begin his five-game suspension once he's deemed healthy enough to play.
- J.J. Hickson suspended for drug violation September 18, 2014Photo Credit: denverpost.com Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson will sit the first five games of the season on the sidelines after violating the NBA’s drug policy. Hickson’s suspension will begin at the beginning of the regular season, meaning he will miss match-ups against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hickson’s energy off the bench will be dearly missed by his Nugget team mates. #Nuggets F JJ Hickson will be suspended for a violation of the NBA’s drug policy. — Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) September 17, 2014 This is not a performance enhancing drug case. If it were, under terms of the NBA’s steroid and performance enhancing drug the results and punishments would have been made public. Hickson will return to the hardwood for his first game of the 2014/15 season on November 9th, against one of his former teams, the Portland Trailblazers. Cameron Wilkosz – @cavaliercam13 The post J.J. Hickson suspended for drug violation appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops
- Hickson suspended for first five games September 17, 2014The season hasn’t even started yet, and the Denver Nuggets are already shorthanded. Wednesday, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post broke news that Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson will be suspended five games for violating the NBA’s drug policy. The drug was not of a performance-enhancing nature. The Sporting News mentions that a five-game suspension is typically associated with a third positive test for marijuana, though the actual nature of the violation will not be disclosed (thanks to Colin Neilson of DenverStiffs for pointing this out). Hickson suffered a torn ACL late last season, and though he was expected to be ready to go at the start of training camp, an extra couple weeks of rest probably won’t be a bad thing. In his absence, Darrell Arthur and Quincy Miller will likely see more time on the court. Hickson averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per-game last season for Denver, his first with the team. Zach Marburger is a staff writer for Mile High Sports. He can be reached via e...
- J.J. Hickson Suspended Five Games For Drug Violation September 17, 2014J.J. Hickson has been suspended for five games by the NBA for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. Hickson signed with the Denver Nuggets in the 2013 offseason.
- Nuggets' J.J. Hickson suspended 5 games for drug program violation September 17, 2014Denver Nuggets center/forward J.J. Hickson was suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the terms of the anti-drug program. Hickson averaged 11.8 rebounds and 9.2 rebounds in 69 games last season, his first with Denver. He has played six seasons in the NBA with Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland and Denver, averaging 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.
- Nuggets’ J.J. Hickson Is Suspended September 18, 2014J. J. Hickson, a center and forward for the Denver Nuggets, was suspended for five games without pay by the N.B.A. for violating the terms of its antidrug program.
- Suns Mount Comeback to Overcome Love’s 36 March 24, 2014Phoenix trailed by 22 in the first half but shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor to overcome Kevin Love’s 36 points and 14 rebounds.
- Late Charge By Wizards’ Gooden Dooms Nets March 16, 2014Washington erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to move ahead of the Nets for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
- Knicks Can’t Win, Even if They Play to Lose March 5, 2014Because they owe their first-round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets, the Knicks cannot even benefit from additional losses that would set them up for a favorable draft position.
- George Karl Sees a Talent Adrift as Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks Fade March 2, 2014Karl, Anthony’s former coach in Denver, believes the Knicks’ star is missing “mental toughness” around him.