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Randy Wittman: "Nene got in town Aug. 30. He's been on the floor. He feels good. He's had a whole summer where he didn't have to worry about the pounding and the stuff he did last summer having the injuries he did and having to play on the (Brazil) national team and never gave his body a chance to recover. He's feeling good. He looks good. I'm pretty pleased with that. I anticipate him being ready to go. When did we play our last game? Five months ago? He's done a lot of good work this summer, not only from a rest standpoint but from physical therapy. He's built his strength back up. I anticipate we'll head into the season with no restrictions." CSNWashington.com

September 5, 2013 Updates

After rehabilitating all summer, Nene is back and training with the Wizards a little less than a month before training camp begins. He is joined this week by the Wizards' key free agent acquisition, Eric Maynor. Al Harrington, who signed in August as a free agent, has yet to report because he is dealing with a family matter. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice and Martell Webster already have been training at Verizon Center. CSNWashington.com

July 8, 2013 Updates

The pivot Nene Hilario officiated his request for waiver of the Brazilian National Team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, from August 30 to September 11. According to the report of the orthopedic surgeon and chief medical officer of the Washington Wizards, Dr. Marc Connell, the player is recovering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot and problems in his right knee that prevent him from returning to train before the end September. FIBA Americas Tournament

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Tired of maintaining a mummified look as plantar fasciitis in his left foot never fully healed and as soreness in his right knee worsened, Nene has decided to sit out the Wizards’ final two games, Monday in Brooklyn and Wednesday in Chicago. For Nene, making it through 61 games was no small feat after being tested physically and mentally in his 11th season. “How tough? Tough enough to think about the end of my career? Yeah, that’s how tough it was,” he said. “It was so hard to play the way I did it. I thought to end my career because it’s so painful, my body can’t support. I’m glad I finished the season, but the way I suffer, I hope, never again.” Washington Post

Nene, who is owed $39 million for the next three seasons, said conversations with his wife, Lauren, and business manager, Alex Santos, persuaded him to keep going. The 6-foot-11 Brazilian said he remains motivated to play because of faith in God and his young son, Mateos, but that he needs to rest and focus on being healthy for next season. Washington Post

April 9, 2013 Updates

When Okafor attempted to explain afterward why Coach Randy Wittman had to make the decision to give A.J. Price more playing time, Wall snapped back, leading to a heated argument that was audible from the walls on the other side of the training room. “It was just me being young and very frustrated. I wasn’t making anything, turning the ball over, and we lost a lot of games that we should’ve won and I put the toll on me,” Wall explained, as he recalled his emotions before the encounter. “A lot of frustration was coming out. As a veteran and being a leader on the team, [Okafor] stepped up and said something. At the time, it was in the heat of moment. I was upset.” Washington Post

Wall was unaccustomed to having a teammate challenge him, but in hindsight, he couldn’t disagree with anything that Okafor told him: Wittman had to go with someone else if he was ineffective and Wall has to trust that the coach is doing what was in the best interest of the team, which should always come first “It wasn’t nothing bad. I felt like, what he said was right,” Wall said of Okafor “It was all the right things at the right time. 'You’ve got to learn how to control your anger more.' Ever since that day forward, I became more focused. Came to practice the next day, talked to him, put it behind us and I just went out there and tried to play basketball. Didn’t hold no grudges.” Washington Post

March 29, 2013 Updates

Like most kids in Brazil, Wizards big man Nene grew up playing soccer. He spent last season’s lockout kicking the ball around, and when he came to D.C. last year, he expressed interest in working out with the United squad after the NBA season was over. Unfortunately, injuries last year prevented him from making the trip out to RFK Stadium. “I feel more close to Brazil [when I play],” Nene told the Denver Post, back when he was still with the Nuggets. “I miss it so much, and my friends live there. But I can come here and play soccer and enjoy it. It’s a sport I love. I grew up playing soccer. And I just get to have some fun.” Washington Post

March 5, 2013 Updates

The veteran big man wouldn’t deny the reputation that Brazil — and Rio in particular — has for being a little wild. “I know, and the whole world knows that,” Nene said. “You guys hear about the Carnival. All celebrities come down. But there’s a lot of things to do. Nice beach, nice mall. A lot of shows, a lot of events. For me, nothing’s changed … but for [my teammates], it’s going to be a lot of new things. I hope they slow down.” Coach Randy Wittman didn’t spend a lot of time elaborating on the trip. “Eh, the weather’s nice, especially at that time of year, I hope,” he said. Washington Post

February 26, 2013 Updates

Washington Wizards center Nene’s right shoulder was so sore during Monday night’s 90-84 triumph over the Toronto Raptors that he barely was able to raise his arm over his head in the visitors’ locker room shortly after contributing significantly in the fourth quarter of a third consecutive win. So it came as no surprise that Nene was limited Tuesday afternoon in practice at Verizon Center, with the Wizards preparing to try to avoid a four-game season sweep by the Detroit Pistons. Washington plays its nemesis Wednesday night at Verizon Center. “Sore, he’s sore today, so he didn’t do a whole lot,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said of Nene. “We didn’t do a whole lot anyway, just going over some things we needed to clean up. A lot of shooting [for the team], but he didn’t, I mean he was down there [on the practice court], but we actually didn’t do any contact anyway.” Washington Post

Nene, a Washington Wizards center, was a 23.8% shooter from midrange before he tore his ACL in 2005. Since then, he's knocking down about 41% of his midrange attempts. Before tearing his ACL in 2008 as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Jason Smith shot a below-average 36% from midrange. Since returning, he's shot 45%, including 50.3% (78-for-155) this season playing for New Orleans. "It kind of gives you a laser focus on shooting, because it's really all you can work on for a while," said Smith. "Now, my midrange jumper is a big part of my game, where it really wasn't before." Wall Street Journal

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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

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