Washington Wizard’s center Nene took the full summer off and is expected to enter the season healthy and with “no restrictions”, coach Randy Wittman told CSNWashington.com’s J. Michael.
“He’s been on the floor. He feels good. He’s had a whole summer where he didn’t have to worry about the pounding and the stuff he did last summer having the injuries he did and having to play on the (Brazil) national team and never gave his body a chance to recover… I’m pretty pleased with that. I anticipate him being ready to go… He’s done a lot of good work this summer, not only from a rest standpoint but from physical therapy. He’s built his strength back up. I anticipate we’ll head into the season with no restrictions.”
Nene missed a total of 48 games over the past two seasons for the Wizards, who desperately need some consistant play in the post. In 61 games last season, he averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in just over 26 minutes a contest for Washington. The Wizards do have strong depth at the forward spot, with Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker both coming off good seasons, but they need the veteran presence of Nene for a run at the playoffs.