Nene: ‘I Still Have a Couple of Issues’
Nene went home to Brazil on Wednesday, and his Wizards teammates joined him.
Nene, however, isn’t going to do anything extra that could jeopardize his health for the regular season. In fact, he wants to play fewer minutes than the 22 he played in Tuesday’s preseason opener.
“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.
“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.”