Nuggets' Nene feeling left out

Nene Hilario's overall game has improved, but he's not getting the ball anough to prove it.

Updated: December 12, 2003, 9:15 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Everybody knows about Carmelo Anthony and his team-leading 18.5 points per game. Voshon Lenard is right behind him at 15.2 along with the Nuggets' prize in the offseason free-agent market, Andre Miller. And if you haven't seen 5-foot-7 Earl Boykins play yet then you're really missing out.

But somewhere in between upsetting the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of the season and defeating the Golden State Warriors twice in three days last week, the upstart Nuggets compiled an amazing 13-6 record but somehow lost track of Nene Hilario.

"I'm not happy the last two games," the power forward said in the Rocky Mountain News. "I have the space in the low post. A lot of times I'm open. They (teammates) have cotton in their ears. They don't hear me . . . It's a difficult time. You play hard. You help. You run. You're in the low post and the ball don't come."