Several NBA players are waiting out the NBA Lockout by signing deals overseas. One of them, former Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson, is one of them, signing a deal to play Bnei Hasharon/Herzliya of the Israeli Basketball Super League. According to A.J. Mitnick of SheridanHoops.com, Hickson's transition to a basketball life overseas has not gone smoothly.
It is difficult enough for a 23-year old to change teams in the NBA, let alone move 6,000 miles away and adapt to a different style of play. European teams tend to change their offensive and defensive sets far more often than NBA and NCAA teams. Consequently, players must be willing to learn and adapt on a daily basis if they hope to succeed, or else they will be exposed, as Hickson was last night.
According to Mitnick, Hickson is the biggest name to head to Israel meaning there are high expectations for the 23-year old. Much like his time in Cleveland, however, Hickson is struggling with the mental aspect of the game. Once the Lockout does end Hickson will suit up with the Sacramento Kings.