Sunday, December 12th, 2010 at 1:45 pm  |  19 responses

J.J. Hickson is Unhappy With Bench Role

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

To say that J.J. Hickson and his new coach, Byron Scott, have not seen eye-to-eye this season would be a vast understatement. Hickson’s play has been up and down, leading to inconsistent minutes.

Scott has relegated J.J. to the bench, and it’s not sitting well with the young forward (pun intended.) He says that everyone in the organization knows of his unhappiness, but that he’ll deal with it in a professional way.

The Plain Dealer reports:

J.J. Hickson entered his third NBA season as one of the Cavs’ promising young talents. The 6-9 forward already has poured in team-high 31 points in a game this season and is tied for second in rebounds. But inconsistent play has cost Hickson his starting job, and coming in off the bench isn’t sitting well. “I’m not adjusting very good,” he said. “I don’t think it’s any secret. Coach [Byron Scott] knows I’m not happy. My teammates know I’m not happy. But as a professional basketball player, you deal with it as a pro.”

Hickson wasn’t particularly pleased with how the demotion was handled. “The night I didn’t start I didn’t know I wasn’t going to start until 30 seconds before we went out to go warm up,” he said. And he wasn’t thrilled with how Scott explained what he has to do to change the situation. “[Scott] said, ‘Play with energy,’ which I think I do, and that was about it,” he said.

Byron Scott has taken to using tough, at times unreasonable love on the struggling Cavs this season. It has not worked out very well.

It might be time to try something else. Like not antagonizing your sorry team’s most talented players. Just a thought.

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  • logues

    so is my fantasy team… dude is prolly their 2nd or 3rd best player

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Either Jamison or Hickson gotta go since they both b*tch about coming off the bench. The problem is JJ would be the easier one to trade but Jamison is nearing the end I his career while Hickson’s is just starting.

  • Shem

    In other news, Mo Williams plays basketball

  • basketblogger

    and to think that last year the cavs didnt want to trade hickson and ilgauskus for amare…

  • ClydeSays

    Weather’s bad and you drive? Leave early. Got to listen to reasonable excuses though…

  • TheTruth

    Man this is ridiculous. Play the game, if you care that much about starting then go play in turkey with iverson. He’s pathetic as well as anyone who cares that much about starting.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    JJ Hickson should be starting….so the Cavs can lose more games and cleveland can get that number 1 pick next year.

  • 4thqtrhero

    Um, really, we’re going to say that being unhappy with coming off the bench is a bad thing? Should JJ be happy to come off the bench? He did say he would deal with it as a professional. I assumed that meant he would try to work harder and try to get his starting spot back but whatever. It’s a good thing Lebron was always happy with the direction of Cav’s management and never complained, that worked out well.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron is not there to make JJ better anymore, so JJ can’t do anything without Lebron talents in Ohio.

  • MikeC.

    Isn’t complaining to the media the opposite of handling it like a pro?

  • T-Money

    what happened to all the commenters that were arguing a couple of weeks ago that lebron didn’t make these guys better? i don’t see them anymore.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    LeBron certainly doesn’t make Wade better…or Bosh for that matter.

  • ch

    he’s also unhappy with the way Harden treated him last night! Haha!

  • Hambone

    I’ve decided to take my talents to Detroit,in a swap deal for ben Wallace

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  • Rikson

    “Coach [Byron Scott] knows I’m not happy. My teammates know I’m not happy. But as a professional basketball player, you deal with it as a pro.” – um… No JJ, that’s not the way pros deal with it!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    If he was developing and even looked like he was trying on defense, then he’d still be starting. “Potential” only get’s you so much playing time. Jamison is a lot more consistent and more productive, but obviously not in the future of the Cavs. Maybe he’s just showing his trade value so that the Cavs can move him by the deadline. Then they can start Powe or Samuels ahead of JJ.

  • The Equalizer

    Who is Marcel?

    What does he value? It seems from his article, that he or she believes that players with potential should be given the miunutes to play regardless of their effort. Just because on some occassions they perform.

    Or that players with potential should not be accountable for their poor play. When a player plays poorly often, the way to fix it is to keep giving him minutes. Well what if he keeps playing poorly, do we just fire the coach and blame him for not reaching them?

    Then what if the next coach can’t reach him, just get another one. What if JJ says practice, Its just practice, we should just fire the GM.

    You seemed to be a person that does not believe that a player should be held accountable for their play. If they play badly often, we will just blame the coach or his system. Foreget about asking a supposedly talented player to conform his game. No- can’t ask them that. I mean we are only paying him millions to play the game of basketball. why would he think he should conform his play. Its us that owes them. Isn’t that what Queenie and the writers want us to learn. We owe them for playing for millions that we make possible. Right.

    Until this entiled generation of writers-players are long gone and buried sports will suffer at every level – just as it is now.