Wizards Insider: Nene


Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Wizards’ Nene provides ‘intangibles’ with increased minutes in Game 1

In his first start in two months, Nene’s influence was felt on both ends of the floor as he dominated Chicago in 35 minutes - the most he has played since Feb. 11.

By Michael Lee  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Bulls, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Wizards-Bulls: Game 1 By the Numbers

Washington put together another strong shooting performance against the NBA’s best defensive team.

By Brandon Parker  |  03:53 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bulls, NBA playoffs, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Wizards’ Andre Miller, Nene lead fourth-quarter rally in Game 1 win over Chicago

With john Wall having difficulty scoring, Andre Miller came up huge in the second half and teamed with Nene to lead the Wizards to a 102-93 victory.

By Michael Lee  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andre Miller, Chicago Bulls, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 04/19/2014

Nene could start for Wizards in Game 1 against Chicago

The play of Wizards forward Nene, who missed six weeks with a knee injury, is critical to team’s chances of slowing down Joakim Noah and the BUlls

By Brandon Parker  |  10:00 PM ET, 04/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/19/2014

Wizards-Bulls NBA playoff series could be decided by battle in the paint

Marcin Gortat and Nene will look to match the physical play of Chicago’s leader in Joakim Noah.

By Brandon Parker  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah, Marcin Gortat, NBA playoffs, Nene, Wizards-Bulls

Posted at 09:16 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Wizards increase Nene’s minutes in preparation for playoffs

Nene logged 24 minutes in win against Miami, marking his highest total since returning from knee injury.

By Brandon Parker  |  09:16 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Nene makes solid contribution in return to the Wizards

In his first action since Feb. 23, Nene scores 10 points in 17 minutes.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Trevor Booker, Wizards

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Nene prepares to return to Wizards lineup after six-week layoff

Wizards forward makes first public comments since going down with a knee injury on Feb. 23.

By Brandon Parker  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:34 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Wizards’ Nene likely to come off the bench when he returns

The Wizards haven’t offered a target date for Nene’s return, but he is making progress and will likely start off in a reserve role.

By Michael Lee  |  09:34 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Wizards’ Randy Wittman on Nene: ‘He’s progressing the way we thought’

Brazilian big man could possibly return next week.

By Michael Lee  |  05:00 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Wizards’ Nene making progress, still expected to return in April

Nene hasn’t had any setbacks on his sprained left knee and still plans to return early next month.

By Michael Lee  |  05:07 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Wizards’ Nene offers encouragement while sidelined with sprained left knee

Nene is back around the Wizards after being diagnosed with a sprained left knee but the team will continue to be without Kevin Seraphin. Martell Webster is probable against Utah.

By Michael Lee  |  10:30 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kevin Seraphin, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Wizards’ Nene has sprained MCL, will miss six weeks

After fearing that he could miss the rest of the season, the Wizards learned that Nene has a sprained MCL that will cost him six weeks.

By Michael Lee  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Wizards nervously await MRI exam results for Nene

Nene went down with a sprained left knee in the third quarter of the Wizards’ 96-83 win over Cleveland. The team now nervously awaits the MRI results.

By Michael Lee  |  10:37 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 12:41 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Al Harrington, Kevin Seraphin fill in for injured Nene, help Wizards beat Cleveland

Al Harrington and Kevin Seraphin combined to score nine points after Nene went down with a left knee injury in the third quarter to help Wizards get back to .500.

By Michael Lee  |  12:41 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  al harrington, Kevin Seraphin, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Wizards shut down DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, escape with much-needed win

Facing another high-scoring opponent, the Wizards won ugly, with defense against Sacramento. They’re now 18-6 when holding opponents below 100 points.

By Michael Lee  |  09:31 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kings, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 06:06 AM ET, 02/04/2014

On eighth try, Wizards get over .500

The Wizards had gone 1,556 days without ever having a winning record - until they finally defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 100-90.

By Michael Lee  |  06:06 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, John Wall, Nene, Randy WIttman, Trevor Ariza, Wizards

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Wizards’ Nene also gets a boost from return to starting lineup

Nene’s return to starting lineup helped Wizards get back on winning track but it also helped him break out of a slump.

By Michael Lee  |  11:38 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Wizards reserves set stage for final push in Detroit

Washington’s bench players staged a 14-0 second-half run to put team in position to defeat the Pistons on Monday

By Michael Lee  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kevin Seraphin, Nene, Otto Porter Jr.

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 12/22/2013

Wizards’ John Wall recovers from slow start, shuts down Jordan Crawford

John Wall knew Jordan Crawford would come ready to prove a point, but he made sure his former teammate was silent when it mattered.

By Michael Lee  |  09:01 AM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  john wall; wizards; washington wizards; wizards defeat celtics; nene; bradley beal; jordan crawford; brad stevens; celtics; wizards; td garden

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Wizards’ Nene will “sacrifice,” play against Orlando despite leg injury

Big man is dealing with a sore right Achilles’ tendon, but said he will “sacrifice” and play on Monday when the Wizards host Orlando.

By Michael Lee  |  02:02 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 11/30/2013

Wizards again struggle without Nene in loss to Pacers

Washington is 0-3 without Brazilian big man this season

By Michael Lee  |  01:38 PM ET, 11/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Nene feels “like wine” after getting new career high

Nene had never scored more 28 points in his career but with Bradley Beal out, he exploded for a career-high 30 points in a 116-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

By Michael Lee  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Wizards’ Nene stepping up since calling out ‘the young guys’

Over the past three games, Nene is averaging 22.7 points on 59 percent shooting.

By Michael Lee  |  12:42 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Nene, Marcin Gortat ready for ‘huge challenge’ in Brooklyn

After stellar debut starting together in Philadelphia, the Wizards’ big men will be greeted by Brooklyn’s more imposing front line.

By Michael Lee  |  11:58 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcin Gortat, Nene

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Wizards’ Trevor Booker, Nene expected to play at Philadelphia

Trevor Booker’s injured finger is not expected to keep him out of Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia while Nene hopes to return from a two-game absence.

By Michael Lee  |  03:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Trevor Booker

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Nene practices, hopes to return in Philadelphia

After missing the past two games with a strained left calf, Nene returned to practice and hopes to play on Wednesday against Philadelphia.

By Michael Lee  |  06:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 11/03/2013

Wizards at Miami: Game 3 Open Thread

Wizards will be without Nene again as they go for their first win of the season against two-time defending champion Miami.

By Michael Lee  |  05:43 PM ET, 11/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 11/02/2013

Wizards’ John Wall, Nene will be ‘game time’ decisions against Miami

John Wall and Nene both missed Saturday’s practice with injuries and might be forced to miss Wizards’ game in Miami.

By Michael Lee  |  11:04 PM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Nene

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Nene rests sore left calf, expected to play in home opener

Nene sat out Thursday’s practice to rest a sore left calf but Randy Wittman expects him to play in home opener against Philadelphia.

By Michael Lee  |  09:49 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 10/19/2013

Wizards to welcome back Nene, Garrett Temple vs. New Orleans

Nene was dealing with personal matter in his native Brazil

By Michael Lee  |  03:01 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Garrett Temple, Nene

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Wizards’ Nene returns from Brazil, unlikely to play vs. New York

Center was tending to his father, who is battling a serious illness.

By Michael Lee  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Nene remains in Brazil for “personal matter,” will miss game vs Miami

With Nene absent and Al Harrington probable with a left quad injury, Jan Vesely, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin are expected to get more minutes against Miami.

By Michael Lee  |  10:11 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Wizards Coach Randy Wittman defends Nene

Coach Randy Wittman said fans at HSBC Arena should’ve booed him, and not Nene, for his decision not to play for the national team last summer.

By Michael Lee  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt downplays Wizards joke, has harsh words for Nene

Oscar Schmidt said he remains upset that fellow Brazilian Nene doesn’t always play for the national team.

By Michael Lee  |  08:53 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Oscar Schmidt

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Wizards' Nene expects to return against Chicago

The big man has missed four games with a right knee injury.

By Michael Lee  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Nene excited about Washington Wizards' impending trip to Brazil

"It's going to be great for both sides, for the NBA and for Brazil," the export big man said.

By Michael Lee  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Schedule

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Nene's return provides 'a big lift' for Wizards

Nene returned after missing previous two games with a sore shoulder to grab a critical rebound in the final minute of Wizards' 90-87 win over Philadelphia.

By Michael Lee  |  03:34 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Wizards' Nene limited in practice with sore shoulder

Coach Randy Wittman says the Wizards' big man should be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

By Gene Wang  |  02:09 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Wizards vs Nuggets: Game 53 Discussion Thread

Wizards will try to bounce back from two-game losing skid against JaVale McGee and Denver.

By Michael Lee  |  06:48 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  JaVale McGee, Jordan Crawford, Nene

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Nene, Martell Webster carried Wizards before Jordan Crawford closed in Portland

The two forwards are forming a potent combination down low.

By Michael Lee  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martell Webster, Nene

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Nene expecting an emotional return

Nene has several fond memories of his time in Denver and expects to be emotional when facing his former team.

By Michael Lee  |  06:08 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Nene makes a difference but Wizards lose again

Wizards big man continues to contribute in many ways, but his performances aren't enough to push the Wizards into the win column.

By Michael Lee  |  08:41 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Nene

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Nene prepares for grueling stretch of games

The Wizards' next seven games are part of back-to-back sets, a punishing stretch for the big man working his way back from a foot injury.

By Michael Lee  |  08:58 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 11/23/2012

Nene continues to be cautious in recovery

The Wizarsd big man says his "quad's a little sore" after his first game back from injury, and Coach Randy Wittman will carefully monitor his playing time.

By Gene Wang  |  04:58 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards injuries

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/22/2012

Nene's return is no miracle,' but Wizards come close to first win

In his first game of the season, Nene made a difference in just 20 minutes.

By Michael Lee  |  10:55 AM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Nene on making debut in Atlanta: It's a chance'

Nene says there’s a chance he will play tonight, “maybe 10 minutes” if he feels better before the game.

By Michael Lee  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Nene, John Wall making progress

Injured Wizards starters Nene and John Wall are nearing return from injury. How near, however, remains a question.

By Michael Lee  |  09:11 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injury front, John Wall, Nene

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 11/16/2012

Nene returns to practice for Wizards

The big man, out since August with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, gives his teammates a lift by practicing on a limited basis for the first time.

By Michael Lee  |  06:57 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, Wizards injuries

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Nene remains uncertain about return

Wizards big man Nene said his left foot is "still inflamed" after visiting specialist in Baltimore and cannot offer a timetable for his return.

By Michael Lee  |  06:02 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:23 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Ted Leonsis: ‘Why not try to make the playoffs?’

In a 37-minute long news conference, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis discussed how he has turned over the roster, the pain of losing and why he remains steadfast to the rebuilding efforts, in hopes of some day seeing "the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

By Michael Lee  |  11:23 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Wall, Nene, Ted Leonsis

Posted at 01:14 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Nene uncertain about return to Wizards’ lineup

Nene was unable to offer a timetable for his return from a left foot injury but said he would like be ready by the regular season opener.

By Michael Lee  |  01:14 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ernie Grunfeld, John Wall, Nene, Wizards

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012

What the Wizards need to succeed, Part IV: Generating offense

Before the Wizards lost John Wall to injury, they still faced a dilemma of trying to generate offense. The challenge will be great throughout the regular season, and especially while Wall is sidelined.

By Michael Lee  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bradley Beal, John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Nene, Randy WIttman, What the Wizards need to succeed

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 09/26/2012

What the Wizards need to succeed, Part II: Nene to play

The Wizards were 7-4 with Nene on the floor – and blew double-digit second-half leads in three of those losses – but they were just 3-8 without him in games played after he actually reported to the team.

By Michael Lee  |  10:50 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nene, What the Wizards need to succeed