HoopsHype Nene rumors

December 2, 2013 Updates

Michael Lee: Nene will play vs ORL despite sore right heel. "I don’t know how good I’m going to do but I’ll be there.” wapo.st/1k2D9Lo #wizards Twitter @MrMichaelLee

November 27, 2013 Updates

“Nene played big for us. Humongous,” Trevor Ariza said after watching Nene reach a new career high with 30 points and help the Wizards defeat the Lakers, 116-111, at Verizon Center in their first game this season without Beal. In 638 regular season games, and another 44 in the postseason, Nene had never scored 30 points – or even 29 – until Tuesday night. In his first 9 ½ seasons in Denver, Nene scored 28 points three times. And since arriving in Washington, Nene had never scored more than 24 – which he had done twice already this season. As usual, the very religious Nene gave credit to Jesus for his performance but the 31-year-old power forward also wanted to make clear that he’s aging well. “I feel like wine,” Nene said, with a smile. “Get old. Get better.” Washington Post

November 14, 2013 Updates

“They kicked our butts in the most classy way — playing the right way,” Nene said, fuming following the clinical destruction of the Wizards by the selfless Spurs. “It’s crazy, that’s what makes me mad. Our young guys think they’re so smart. But if I was young, I would watch video of that game for one week to see if I could learn something, because the way they play is how you’re supposed to play. Washington Post

“They not talented as us,” Nene continued. “They have great players, a great team, but the way they execute things, the way they cut, the way they exploit weaknesses, swing the ball. They don’t think about stats. We still think about stats. Our young guys must take their heads out their butts and play the right way, because I’m getting tired of this.” Washington Post

November 11, 2013 Updates

But on Sunday night, when Wizards forward Nene picked a fight, Westbrook was virtually powerless to fight back, proof that while his knee may be structurally sound, neither his bark nor his bite are quite yet back. The Thunder went on to a secure a 106-105 come-from-behind overtime win over the Wizards without Westbrook, who after shoving Nene in retaliation following a second dust-up, was ejected along with Nene with 3:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. Oklahoman

Royce Young: Russell Westbrook absolutely did not want to talk about the mini-altercation with Nene: "What you talking about? Did we win? Alright." Twitter @royceyoung

November 10, 2013 Updates
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Almost a week after he limped out of the Palace of Auburn Hills with a strained left calf, Nene was back at practice, running the floor and taking set shots afterward. Nene’s status for Wednesday’s game against the surprising Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center remains unclear but the Brazilian big man hopes that he will be available. “All those things are going to be in the coach’s hands and in the trainer’s hands to decide if I got to go or not. I think I can help now. How? We’ll see,” Nene said. “I’m going to try, see how things are going. If I feel something sharp, I need to stop. That’s what the doctor said. If I feel something sharp, I need to stop. But I feel okay after practice.” Washington Post

November 5, 2013 Updates

Michael Lee: Randy Wittman said Trevor Booker will be available vs PHI but Nene will probably still be a GTD based on how his leg responds #wizards Twitter @MrMichaelLee

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Last summer, Nene decided to stay away from basketball to let his body heal and received a negative backlash when Brazil went winless in the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela. “If people want to boo because of the national team and those things, they should boo me,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Because I really thought this was a summer that Nene needed to take off for his body. The summer before he played, he had plantar fasciitis, and played through it. His body needed a recovery. And when you play 100 games, alright, like we do and you get to a point in your career where your body breaks down a little bit, you’ve got to let it recover. That’s what I wanted him to do. So if Brazil wants to be mad, don’t be mad at Nene, be mad at me.” Washington Post

October 13, 2013 Updates

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