Wizards Worried about Nene Injury?
Nene sat out the final game of pool play for Brazil on Monday with soreness in his left foot, but the Wizards have been monitoring the injury and remain optimistic that it will not be a problem when training camp begins on Oct. 2, according to a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking.
Nene is expected to be available on Wednesday when Brazil (4-1) plays Argentina in the quarterfinals. Brazilian Coach Ruben Magnano rested Nene against Spain, but his team still won, 88-82, in a game that it didn’t need to win and possibly set up a more difficult path for a medal. Brazil is seeking its first Olympic medal since 1964.
Magnano led his native Argentina to the gold medal in 2004 and Brazil, which finished second in Pool B behind Russia, is in the same bracket as heavily-favored Team USA. A loss would’ve put Brazil in a quarterfinal matchup against France and Nene’s Wizards teammate, Kevin Seraphin, and possibly Russia in the semifinals.