Thursday , Jan , 17 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Nene Hoping for Quick NBA Return

Following Nene’s testicular tumor removal, biopsy results have been encouraging, though he still awaits the results of more biopsies, which should come later this week.’It sounds like it could have been a whole lot worse,’ Denver center Marcus Camby said. ‘We’re definitely praying and hoping everything is all right with him.’After a film session Wednesday, coach George Karl sounded cautiously optimistic.

‘I think there will be some good information released in the next 48 hours,’ said Karl, who pointed out Nene was released from the hospital Wednesday.Nene, 25, underwent surgery on Monday in Denver and is out indefinitely…Without Nene at power forward and Chucky Atkins (sports hernia) at point guard, the Nuggets are thin at both positions.

Anthony Carter is playing a career-high 29 minutes per game at the point, with little help from the bench — though shooting guard Allen Iverson can shift to the point. As for a possible trade by Feb. 21, Karl said: ‘We’re trying to research what we want to do and what is available to us. I don’t think you’re going to see us make a quick move, a Band-Aid move, unless it satisfies some of our needs. I think our team has done a great job with the problems we’ve had.’ Click here for more from the Denver Post.