It’s fair to say Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum is not a fan of former Cavalier and current Denver Nuggets player JJ Hickson.
Although the two big men had an evenly matched battle on the interior Wednesday night, the 7', 285-pound Bynum was not impressed with Hickson, saying, “The guy guarding me was an infant,” per Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
The two bigs went toe-to-toe, a matchup that culminated with Hickson drawing a flagrant-1 foul on Bynum after frustrating him with stingy play, per Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post.
Despite the fact that Hickson gives up plenty of size to Bynum at 6’9”, 242 pounds, he had the better game, even though the Nuggets went on to lose 98-88.
Hickson finished with 15 points (on 7-of-13 shooting) to go with 11 rebounds. Bynum, meanwhile, wound up with 14 points (on 6-of-15 shooting) to go with seven rebounds.
The Cavaliers’ big man was clearly frustrated by the effort and hustle displayed by Hickson. His irritation carried over after the game when talking with the media.
Bynum has gained a reputation for being a hot head out on the court, which started during his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.
During the 2011 playoffs, the young center committed a heinous flagrant foul on former Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea in the Western Conference semifinals. He was ejected from the game, and Dallas went on to sweep the series 4-0.
The Cavaliers will play the Nuggets in Denver on Jan. 17. It will be interesting to see if the emotions carry over a month from now.