Nene back training with Wizards, expected ready for start of season


Nene started last season injured, battled plantar fasciitis at the start of the season (after playing in the Olympics) then by the end of the season his knees were giving him issues. He missed 21 games and wasn’t right in a lot of ones he played, and his production on the court showed it with his numbers being the lowest in years.

This time around the Wizards and coach Randy Wittman are expecting Nene to be healthy at the start of next season.

In a good sign, he started training with teammates at the Wizards facility this week, reports J. Michael at

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Eric Maynor, Glen Rice and Martell Webster also are already working out in advance of the Wizards training camp opening Sept. 28.

If Nene and Wall are healthy — and if Wall can play close to the way he did near the end of last season — the Wizards will be in the mix for one of the last few playoff spots in the East. But they are going to need a healthy Nene and both his points in the paint and his defense to make it all work.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.