HoopsHype Nene rumors

December 10, 2014 Updates

Nene participated at the Wizards’ shootaround Wednesday morning. He indicated the knee is sore, but pain in his right foot remains the bigger issue. He said the plan is for him to continue playing the limited role off the bench he did against the Denver Nuggets on Friday and Celtics on Sunday. He logged 18 minutes Friday and 16 minutes Sunday. Washington Post

December 5, 2014 Updates

The Washington Wizards, winners of three straight games, may receive a boost Friday night against the Denver Nuggets. Nene, the team’s starting power forward, could return to face his former team after missing the Wizards’ past five games because of right plantar fasciitis. “We’re going to look to see with him at shootaround tomorrow, and hopefully he can get some time tomorrow,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “But it all depends on, obviously, tomorrow and seeing how he feels. But it’s close.” Washington Post

December 3, 2014 Updates

After Monday's 107-86 blowout of the Miami Heat on Monday, the Wizards (11-5) had a light session and Nene participated partially, but this isn't the first time this has happened. Last week he practiced partially before being held out of the next practice because of fasciitis, a soft-tissue injury that's difficult to treat and makes the heel sore, too. He has missed four consecutive games and is unlikely to suit up for Wednesday's home game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers (CSN, CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET). "Progressing. He practiced," coach Randy Wittman said Tuesday. "Like I've said, it's day-to-day. I anticipate [Nene playing) at some point here soon so we'll see." CSNWashington.com

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Jason Lloyd: #Cavs starting lineup remains unchanged. Wizards' Nene (plantar fascitis) still out tonight. Beal starting for first time since wrist injury Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

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The only member of the Wizards participating in the FIBA World Cup has been eliminated. Nenê and his Brazil squad were upset by Serbia, 84-56, in the quarterfinals Wednesday in Madrid. Brazil was viewed as the favorite after going 5-1 in the tournament and defeating Serbia in group play. The Brazilians played the part early and held a three-point lead late in the first half. But Serbia outscored Brazil 29-12 in the third quarter and never looked back. Nenê was limited to four points on 2 of 8 shooting and four rebounds in 19 minutes. He also blocked two shots. The 6-foot-11 power forward averaged 6.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds in Brazil’s seven games. Washington Post

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If healthy – or if relatively close – Nene has always made it a priority to play for his national team and that will be the case this summer when the 6-foot-11 big man will play for Brazil in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. “I have a responsibility and until God tell me to stop – and I know one day, he will say that – I can’t change my plan,” said Nene, who grew up in Sao Carlos. “I have responsibility. I have a lot of children who look for me, so I need to do the right thing.” Washington Post

The 31-year-old Nene only played 53 games this season, with injuries to his right Achilles’ tendon and left knee causing him to miss at least 20 games for the third consecutive season. Unlike those other campaigns, Nene enters the offseason with no serious ailments after helping the Wizards go on their deepest postseason run in nine years. “There is a lot of physical, a lot of pound, you never know how your body is going to feel tomorrow, but you always try to do your best,” Nene said. “Injuries are part of this business in this position. Sometimes they say, ‘Man, you been injured a lot.’ For sure, it’s a shock. It’s a shock sport. Some things happen.” Washington Post

April 26, 2014 Updates

Fans giddy about the results in Chicago took to sports-talk radio and Internet message boards to discuss the Wizards’ road to the Eastern Conference championship series. First, the Wizards have to work on playing it cool after falling into the Bulls’ trap. “We had scuffles all three games, basically,” Wittman said. “We have to make sure we don’t lose our composure, where we get thrown out of the game like that. It doesn’t matter who. We just can’t afford that.” True, but Nene is as savvy as any veteran in the league. He knows better. “We have to do a better job,” Wittman continued. “It’s very emotional. It’s a very emotional game and [a] tough game. But you have to be able to maintain so you don’t lose your cool [and] get thrown out. That’s the main thing you have to learn from this.” Washington Post

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