Nene Finding Ways to Lead from Bench
Nene grabbed a comfortable seat for the final minutes of Wizards practice. He slipped off his left sock and shoe, placed his left foot on a bag of ice, and buried his head in his hand.
The timetable for Nene’s return is remains mystery, but he listened intently as Coach Randy Wittman went over a series of drills to get the Wizards to get out on the break and quickly into the offense.
Kevin Seraphin walked behind Nene to grab some Gatorade and tried to say something, but Nene stopped him with his index finger, then pointed toward Wittman. Seraphin then leaned down and listened to Wittman as well. Nene doesn’t want to be too far behind whenever he is able to practice again, and he even asked questions during the exercise.
Nene said recently that he planned on being a vocal leader from the sideline until he comes back. That’s only possible if he knows what’s going on.
“I hope I can comeback soon,” he said. “I’m going to do the maximum I can. I can lead, vocal, talk to the players, see things they didn’t see while they played. That’s the way I can help them.”