DENVER (AP) -Nuggets forward Nene took an indefinite leave of absence from the team Friday to take care of a personal medical issue.
The Nuggets wouldn't comment further on what was wrong with Nene, who missed 22 games earlier this season after surgery on his left thumb.
``I'm very upset that I have to put a little delay on being with the team to take care of my health,'' Nene said in a statement. ``It's hard to go through when things seem to be going so well. ... I want to get back on the court as soon as possible to help my teammates.''
The news of his absence arrived 30 minutes before the Nuggets hosted the Orlando Magic.
``Our thoughts and prayers are with Nene and his family,'' Nuggets coach George Karl said in a statement.
Nene is averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 12 games this season.

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