J.J. Hickson Suspension a Blessing in Disguise for the Denver Nuggets

September 19th, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »

Not all suspensions are created equally.

Whereas Ray Rice is staring down an indefinite one from the NFL (on account of well-documented domestic abuse), The Denver Post's Christopher Dempsey reports that, "[Denver] Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson's season will be delayed five games after he was suspended Wednesday for a violation of the NBA's drug policy."

Dempsey adds that, "The suspension is for use of recreational drugs. If it was a suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs, it would have been made public, under terms of the NBA's drug policy."

And as USA Today Sports notes, "The five-game suspension likely comes from a third failed marijuana test, based on the league's anti-drug guidelines." 

So a slap on the wrist was probably in order here, and that's exactly what Hickson got.

Paradoxically, Hickson and the Nuggets alike may come out ahead from the minor setback.

After playing 69 games for the Nuggets last season—52 of which he started—the 26-year-old tore his ACL in late-March. While CBSSports.com's Matt Moore notes that he "was expected to be ready ...

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