Nene's health rebounding in time for camp

Nene's health rebounding in time for camp
August 2, 2013, 10:45 am
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Nene has done exactly what the Wizards had hoped this off-season.

Nothing.

By the end of this month, the 7-foot power forward/center will be back at Verizon Center and training with the Wizards.

He’ll train here for four weeks at Verizon Center leading into training camp which begins in the last week of September.

“He’s doing great. He has an off-season home in Denver so he has been spending some time there,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman told CSN Washington. “Monday though Friday, it’s physical therapy. It was important for him to get his body back to health.”

Nene had his least productive season in five seasons. He missed 21 games, averaged only 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds as he finished the year on the bench.  Nene had injuries to his left foot, both knees and both shoulders.

In the final month of the season, Nene averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds and shot just 48% from the field. He only played 24 minutes per game. He lamented how he was struggling to just finish games and sat himself down for the final two games. 

“It’s not so much with Nene that you’re looking to develop a lot of his game. Nene has been there,” Wittman said. “It’s important for him to do what he has to do so when he comes back here at the end of September that he’s ready to go. There are no restrictions. He’s doing great. He’s felt as good as he’s felt in a long time.”

Nene also has spent time in his native Brazil, helping promote the Wizards' Oct. 12 preseason game there. When they play the Chicago Bulls in Rio de Janeiro, it'll be the first NBA game on the country which will host the 2016 Olympics.