Following the Wizards Game 2 overtime victory at Chicago to take a 2-0 series lead over the Bulls, John Wall referred to Nene as the "X Factor." That didn't appear to be an attempt by the point guard to assign the Brazilian big man another moniker, but rather signify importance. Nene averaged 20.5 points on 63 percent shooting from the field with 7.5 rebounds and three assists in the road wins
Besides, "I have like a lot of nicknames," Nene said following Thursday's practice when told of Wall's comment.
Nene's most prominent nickname is Nene itself or it was a nickname for most of his life. The 31-year-old's given name is Maybyner Rodney Hilario. In 2003, he legally changed it to "Nene" which is the Brazilian Portuguese word for "baby."
He's played a manly opening two games of the series.
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So, with Nene now his actual name, what's the power forward's favorite nickname?
"Moose, Big Moose," Nene said.
Alas, there was no follow up question as to that connection and he offered no further explanation. All involved in the Q&A apparently decided it best instead to focus on things like the Wizards prepping for Friday's Game 3.
"I just try to give my best. I just try to maintain my focus in the games," said the Wizards Big Moose. "We just believe to the end of the game. We just want to finish. Stay together, give your advice, your thoughts to your teammates. ...Keep your focus. I think that was the big affect of the last game."