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    Nuggets' Julius Hodge shot, expected to recover

    Nuggets' Julius Hodge shot, expected to recover

    DENVER (AP) -- Denver Nuggets rookie guard Julius Hodge is expected to make a full recovery after being shot early Saturday while driving on a highway.

    Sheriff's deputies said the 22-year-old player was struck in his lower body, and the motive wasn't known. No suspects were in custody.

    The team said Hodge is in fair condition, and coach George Karl believes Hodge was hit three times in his legs.

    "The preliminary reports are that he's going to be fine. He should be able to play again in two to three weeks," Karl said.

    Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said Hodge was in good spirits when the two talked.

    "He's obviously a little shaken up, but he's doing fine," Vandeweghe said.

    Hodge was on Interstate 76 in north Denver at about 2 a.m. when another vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside fired several shots, Adams County Sheriff's Sgt. Louis Dixon said. A passenger in Hodge's vehicle flagged down another motorist, who took Hodge and the passenger to the hospital.

    Dixon said investigators don't know the name of the motorist who stopped but hope that motorist and any witnesses come forward.

    Dixon said Hodge's passenger has been interviewed and is not a suspect. He declined to release the passenger's name and would not say what kind of vehicle Hodge was driving.

    "Apparently Julius did nothing to provoke this at all," Vandeweghe said.

    The mood was somber at a Nuggets shootaround before Saturday night's game against Golden State in Denver.

    "There was a bit of trauma hitting us this morning. We were really solemn, crying," Karl said. "Right now we are just happy that everything is OK."

    Forward Reggie Evans said the players learned of the shooting when they arrived at the Pepsi Center for the shootaround.

    "I'm shocked, really shocked," Evans said. "It's crazy, really crazy."

    Hodge was Denver's first-round draft choice in 2005 out of North Carolina State. The 6-foot-7 guard was recalled from the NBA's developmental league last month after Earl Boykins broke his hand. He has appeared in 14 games for the Nuggets this season, averaging 0.9 points in 2.4 minutes.

    "He's a good guy, a good kid," Karl said. "I think he has taken being the bottom man on the totem pole real well. He wanted to go down to Austin, and most rookies don't want to be demoted, but he wanted to go play, and I respect that. In general he's gotten better. His season will be the summer league, and he is ambitious, he will be ready to play next year."

    At Austin, Hodge has averaged 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.

    The highway shooting is the latest in a long list of setbacks for the Nuggets since their opener, when forward Nene tore his right anterior cruciate ligament. Kenyon Martin (knee), Marcus Camby (back), Eduardo Najera (ankle) and Boykins are all dealing with nagging injuries that have either sidelined them or limited their availability.

    Still, the Nuggets were closing in on their first division title since 1987-88.

    "We have been dealing with injury all year long and our perseverance is our personality," Karl said. "This is something we have to persevere through, and we only have maybe eight or nine bodies healthy for practice, and that will limit us in how much we really go at practice."

    Vandeweghe said he was certain the team would be affected by what happened to Hodge.

    "It's obviously tough because Julius is a very, very popular player and extremely well-liked and really one of the good guys," he said.

    Asked if he knew whether the team would get a roster exemption for Hodge, Vandeweghe said that wasn't his main concern.

    "The forefront, obviously, is to make sure Julius is fine, which he is," he said. "And then to cooperate with the police in finding out who would do something like this."



    Updated on Saturday, Apr 8, 2006 3:42 pm EDT

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    Re: Nuggets' Julius Hodge shot, expected to recover

    3 times in the legs :shock: . Hope he recovers well.
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    Re: Nuggets' Julius Hodge shot, expected to recover

    How do u get hit in the legs 3 times while driving a car?

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    Re: Nuggets' Julius Hodge shot, expected to recover

    Bullets can go through doors. Thats how.

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    Re: Nuggets' Julius Hodge shot, expected to recover

    "Apparently Julius did nothing to provoke this at all," Vandeweghe said.

    we'll see about this one..common occurence for pro athletes vehicles to get tore up from bullets@ 2am, and nothing was provoked.

    words of advice for the "younger" ones in here, I can think of only one or two "good" things that happen @ 2am, and getting tore up with gunshots isnt one of them.

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    Re: Nuggets' Julius Hodge shot, expected to recover

    Update:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Am8LBdHw3DTmYV2th568LUg5nYcB?slug=ap-nuggets-hodgeshot&prov=ap&type=lgns
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