Washington Wizards' foward-center Nene has battled through injuries to his knees and feet for years, but this season he was supposed to have a clean bill of health. But the Wizards may be concerned after what Nene told J. Michael of CSNWashington.com,
"My knee is still sore. My foot still hurts a little bit. Just trying to push (through),” said Nene, who didn’t play basketball during the off-season and opted for rehabilitation. “The therapy is making me feel better.”Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com reported that Washington could reduce Nene’s minutes if they can get more out of Trevor Booker. But that is a problem since Booker has knee issues as well and appears to be some time away from playing. The Wizards also have injury issues with Chris Singleton, who is out with a borken foot. So the leaves the Wizards with only Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington.
What the Wizards need is a healthy Nene, but he wants to play less minutes to avoid getting hurt, which is not a good sign for the team moving forward.
“No, no no no,” Nene said quickly to CSN Washington, though with a smile, about playing more Saturday when the Wizards face the Chicago Bulls in Rio de Janeiro. “I don’t worry about minutes even in Brazil because I’m a pro. I don’t want to get sore, get hurt. I still have a couple of issues. Just because I feel better, they think I feel great but they’re wrong. We need to reduce (it) a couple minutes.”Nene played in 61 games last season and averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 27 minutes per game. He has a career average of 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in 627 games. He played for the Denver Nuggets for nine full seasons and 28 games in 2011 - 2012. Nene played in 11 games for the Wizards in 2011 - 2012 and enters his second full season with the team.