“You don’t want to know.”
That was Nene’s response today when he was asked about how he found out about being traded from Denver to Washington last Thursday at the trade deadline. However, he’s come around to accept the trade and look at it as a “new opportunity“.
“It’s great. I was a little scared a couple days ago. I understand God had a plan and the plan is to be here,” Nene said in an opening statement. “”I’m excited, I think this team has a very bright future.”
This is all good stuff to hear from Nene, who has played his entire ten-year NBA career with the Denver Nuggets. This really is a new opportunity for him. For much of his career in Denver, Nene was on winning teams that were consistently competitive. Sadly that isn’t the case with the Wizards — at least not yet.
Aside from his high field-goal percentage and consistent well-rounded play, Nene will also be counted on for bringing a sense of professionalism that the Wizards have been missing for far too long.
While Nene will make his Wizards debut on Wednesday in New Jersey, and still has four years remaining on his contract, another recently acquired Wizard is less excited about the new opportunity.
Brian Cook made his team debut last night in Memphis, and also met with the media at the Verizon Center today. According to Liz Drabick, Cook would only commit to being a Wizard for “right now”. It’s not that big of a surprise given that it’s been reported that his agent and the Wizards are currently engaged in talks of a potential buyout. And when he was asked about being traded away from the Clippers he said, “it sucks”.
Brian Cook may not be on the roster for too much longer, but Nene will be. And he’s excited about it.