Will Nene be a part of the opening act?

Will Nene be a part of the opening act?
October 22, 2012, 1:15 pm
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Opening night in the NBA is fast approaching -- just eight days away in fact -- and it's still anyone's guess as to when starting center Nene will return to the lineup for the Wizards. From the outset of training camp it was thought that Nene, who averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds a game last season, would be ready for the Cavaliers’ game October 30. That really seems in doubt now, since the 6'-11" Brazilian has yet to practice at all this pre-season, still hobbled by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

If the 30-year old Nene isn't ready to play in the opener, there certainly would be concerns about his availability and health moving forward, since he missed 10 games last year because of the same injury. The Wizards have a lot invested in Nene, with four years and $52-million left on his contract so they aren't going to rush him back to action unless he is fully healthy. In fact, Nene has said he won't come back until he is 100 percent -- and obviously he's not there yet.

Already without starting point guard John Wall for the first month of the season, the Wizards would be in a tough spot if Nene can't go to begin the year. The Wizards were already in a difficult position as a rebuilding team coming off a 20-46 season, so not having their top two players from the jump would be a major issue.

The Cavaliers’ game looms and it's still to be determined whether Nene will be there or not. Only he really knows.