Nene: It’s a Learning Game for Wizards
Nene had grown accustomed to being in the playoffs from his time in Denver, but he also recalls a time when 50-win season didn’t come with regularity and when the Nuggets were one of the league’s more dreadful franchises. During Nene’s rookie season in 2002-03, Denver won just 17 games and had a .207 winning percentage that, incredibly, is worse than his current Wizards team.
n his 10th season, and back on a lottery team, Nene believes the Wizards (11-39) are going through similar growing pains as his team in Denver. And, after the Wizards lost, 93-89, on Thursday to the Indiana Pacers, Nene said he remained encouraged by how his new team is playing and drew a parallel to his challenging rookie season.
“I learned,” Nene said. “This is a long process. It’s hard. I’m going to repeat this every time: This young team, a lot of second-year players, a lot of rookies. You need to learn. You need to get this type of game. See what you can learn from the loss and get better. To win, you need to learn from losing a game. It’s a big experience right now. We work, step by step, we’re improving in a lot of areas.”