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Video: LeBron James and Mike Brown on J.J. Hickson

By George Thomas Published: April 24, 2010

CHICAGO - For now J.J. Hickson sits and waits as the odd man out in the Cavs rotation. But in Game 3, as his teammates struggled against the Chicago Bulls, everyone had to wonder whether Hickson's presence might have made a difference. With his quickness and athleticism, he probably would have helped as the Cavs tried to come back from a 21-point deficit. ''I know what I am capable of doing, coach knows what I am capable of doing and I think I bring something to this team that we don't have and that's to finish around the rim,'' Hickson said. '' Whenever coach is ready to use me, I'm going to be ready.'' His teammates agreed with Hickson's self-assessment and they certainly wouldn't mind seeing him out on the court. ''I think as a player, I would love to see J.J. out on the court. I don't know if he's ready, but I think he will be,'' LeBron James said. '' I think he can help up. I think no matter what lineup we have in the game, guys need to be ready.'' James walks a fine. He helped Hickson improve his game during the off season and remains confident in his abilities. ''I'm not going to sit here and say what lineups we should be play or what we should do, but I know the game and I know the feel of the game,'' he said. '' I'm not trying to make a pitch for J.J., but we all saw what he was able to do during the regular season with his size and athleticism. His ability to put pressure on the rim, that's something you can't substitute in this league - guys who can catch the ball and jump.'' But with a rotation of bigs that includes Shaquille O'Neal, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, there are only so many minutes to be had in Mike Brown's playoff rotation and he has another priority right now. ''I've got to get Shaq back on the floor a little bit more and other than that, that's my main goal right now with my bigs,'' Brown said. In the meantime, Hickson waits, listening to teammates such as O'Neal, who offer words of encouragement. ''J.J. knows he's got to stay ready. He also knows that if it wasn't for him stepping up, we probably wouldn't have the No. 1 spot and we probably wouldn't have the best record,'' O'Neal said. '' Things happen for a reason and I know he's going to get his shot.''

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