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When the Wizards finally made a move for him, Nene was shocked because he had just signed a five-year, $65 million free agent contract with the Nuggets about three months earlier after some angst-filled deliberations with his wife and manager. “It was quiet. Nobody mentioned my name in a trade. Nobody say nothing about a trade. And my agent [Dan Fegan], he’s supposed to know everything. He have no clue,” Nene said with a laugh. “When I signed my contract, I thought I was going to end my career right there. And I thought they were going in the right direction.” Washington Post

Nene recently admitted that he tore the left plantar fascia shortly after re-signing with Denver but tried to play until the problem became unmanageable. His reputation as a malingerer has followed him to Washington, where he has only played 34 of a possible 61 games, mostly because of problems with the same foot. He dismissed assertions that he lacked toughness. “When people don’t know, they create excuse,” Nene said. “That’s how it is, but I don’t worry about that. I know what I’m capable of. . . . It’s a business. Life, it continues. That’s why you take care of the present and future.” Washington Post

Back in a place where he spent nearly 10 years developing from a raw teenager — a relative baby — named Maybyner Hilario into a skilled, dreadlocked big man who now goes by the Brazilian word for baby, Nene couldn't dismiss his return as just another game. “I have a lot of history. I’ve been through a lot of stuff — good stuff, bad stuff — in this city and basically, I think of this city as my mom’s home," Nene said, “Because I grew up here.” Washington Post

Nene was understandably hurt when he got traded to Washington and compared the confusion and disappointment to when the New York Knicks traded him to Denver after taking him eighth overall in the 2002 NBA draft. Nene’s only recollection of Denver at the time was struggling through his workout with the team. “I wasn’t excited. The altitude. I remember when I did the test, I couldn’t breathe, like, ‘How am I going to play over there?’ But God has plan. When he has plan for your life, things can change,” Nene said. “I was scared before, when I got traded. I didn’t know how I was going to be on another side. But I’m fine. The team has been taking care of me. Just need to win. We need to win. That’s the thing. We lost a lot of lot of games that we’re supposed to win, that’s the only frustration.” Washington Post

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“I was very clear to him [Saturday] about how he played,” Nene said. Against Chicago, Seraphin scored 12 points and had six assists, but he got to the free throw line just once. “He played much better,” Nene said, comparing Seraphin’s performance against the Bulls to an outing he’d had two games earlier against Cleveland, when Seraphin had just four points, no rebounds, and no trips to the line. After that game, Nene said he had gotten mad at Seraphin and told him to start playing better. “There are a lot of things he needs to clean up,” Nene said. “He has a lot of bad habits he needs to fix.” Washington Times

December 28, 2012 Updates

Nene has grown increasingly frustrated with the direction the team has taken in recent weeks, and he hasn’t hidden his disappointment as he continues to play limited minutes because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. In just 26 minutes against Cleveland, Nene had 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. The Wizards outscored the Cavaliers by 25 points while the center was on the floor. Washington Post

The Wizards had just lost their eighth straight game, an 87-84 defeat to the Cavaliers, and Seraphin was hardly noticeable with four points and no rebounds in 12 minutes. The third-year forward rolled his chair over to talk with the 11-year NBA veteran and got an earful. “He was really mad at me,” Seraphin said. “He’s like the leader right now. He’s trying to help the team the best way and he really thinks I’m an important player for this team and I’ve been struggling for like the last five games and he told me that. “He told me straight up, ‘You should play more than 12 minutes.’ I’m supposed to be ready for the game. I’m supposed to play good. He said, ‘Maybe if you were playing good, maybe we got more chances to win the game.’ That’s what he told me, he was just like, he was mad.” CSNWashington.com

December 24, 2012 Updates

There's no question that Nene is still one of the league's most talented bigs, capable of scoring with both hands. He's a willing and able passer and one of the best big men in the league at drawing charges. But the book on him in Denver was that he couldn't push himself through injuries, that he spent way too much time in the trainer's room to be a leader. And yet, he was the one with tears in his eyes Saturday night, his feet in ice, his knees wrapped up, after playing 26 minutes in his first start of the season. "When you play with confidence, and you're together, it's different," Nene said. "You feel, you know your teammates know you, and you give your best. But right here, right now, it's the opposite. Total opposite." NBA.com

And why is that not happening in D.C.? "Because people have no respect for the game," he continued. "They think this opportunity's nothing right now. That's the problem with the young guys. They don't take advantage of being in the NBA, the best basketball in the world. A lot of young guys want to be in their position. But right here, I don't think they realize that." NBA.com

December 18, 2012 Updates

Robin Young, the fifth and final stop of the day, is the grandmother of five children. She was given custody after her son was killed in 2005. She also has permanent custody of her great nieces after their mother was entered into hospice care with a fatal disease. As the bus pulled up to the house in Southeast, 10-year-old Bryan watched from the front porch with wide eyes and a dropped jaw. The sight of his favorite athletes walking in the door was too much for the child, who has had a difficult adjustment since losing his father. As Nene walked in, Bryan threw his arms around the waist of the Brazilian big man and started sobbing. Nene passed his armful of presents over to a teammate so he could return the embrace. When he was able to pull away, I asked Bryan why he hugged Nene. “He’s a basketball player,” he said, wiping his eyes with the back of his hand. “He’s a superstar.” Washington Post

November 23, 2012 Updates

Two days earlier with the Wizards desperate for a win, Nene unexpectedly participated in his first game in more than three months. Although the outcome was a 101-100 loss to the Atlanta Hawks after officials ruled Martell Webster’s layup that would have won the game came after the buzzer, Nene’s presence infused confidence throughout the team, especially considering he played with multiple ailments. “Nothing’s changed,” said Nene, who until Wednesday had not played in an organized game since Aug. 8 as part of the Brazilian national team in the London Olympics. “Now I have news. My quad is sore. I tried to compensate on my left because my left is my strong leg. My quad’s a little sore. It’s going to take a while.” Washington Post

November 22, 2012 Updates

They are now the 13th team in NBA history to start a season with 10 straight losses. The record is 18 in a row. “We’re going to take the big gorilla off our back and I think it’s going to go smooth,” Nene said afterward. “We did a good job. We need to pay attention to little detail at the end of the game. Like rebound, recognizing the hot guy on the other team and those kind of mistakes cost us the victory.” Washington Post

November 21, 2012 Updates

Nene finished tying his shoes, stood up, grimaced, then shook both legs and twisted his ankles. As his teammates started running laps around the court before shootaround at Philips Arena, Nene stepped on the floor, aware that many want to know if he will be available when the Wizards play the Hawks tonight. “It’s a chance,” Nene said, scrunching his face as he stretched. “If you ask now, I’d say no.” Washington Post

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With the Wizards (0-5) one of just two remaining winless teams in the NBA and John Wall also injured, Nene admitted he feels pressure to return and help on the court, not just serve as some cheerleader or sage veteran passing along wisdom. But the desire to fix a problem that has plagued him for nearly 11 months outweighs the temptation to rush back. “I want that thing to heal 100 percent, because I don’t want to shrink my career,” Nene said. “I need to take care of it right now. I want to finish the pain, because it is still painful. I try sometimes, like, ‘Hurry up,’ when I have physical therapy. That could be a mistake. I need to be true with myself and know this is a serious situation.” Washington Post

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