Saturday , Jul , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets’ Hodge has bullet fragment removed

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets guard Julius Hodge had minor
surgery Friday to have a bullet fragment removed from his left thigh.

Hodge, who is expected to resume working out in a week, continues to recover
from being shot in his left leg on April 8.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said Hodge was driving along Interstate 76
at about 2:00 a.m. after reportedly leaving a nightclub, when someone inside
another vehicle started shooting. Hodge was hit in his lower extremities and
taken to a local hospital by another motorist. A motive has yet to be
determined and there have been no charges.

Hodge was the 20th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. He has spent time in
the NBA’s Developmental League and in 14 games with the Nuggets during his
rookie season averaged 0.9 points and 0.5 rebounds.