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Quote of the Day: Nene says Wizards’ youngsters must get their “heads out their butts”

Nov 14, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

Nene AP

“They have great players, a great team, but the way they execute things, the way they cut, the way they exploit weaknesses, swing the ball. They don’t think about stats. We still think about stats. Our young guys must take their heads out their butts and play the right way, because I’m getting tired of this.”

—Nene of the Washington Wizards comparing his team with the San Antonio Spurs, via the Washington Post.

San Antonio’s execution and committment to the system frustrates a lot of opponents. Nene was wrong with the statement he made before this that the Wizards have more talent than the Spurs — Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard are better than anyone on Washington’s roster — but the selfless play of San Antonio makes those guys that much more dangerous and hard to stop.

Washington is 2-6 to start the season with a bottom 10 offense and defense. For a team where the owner was demanding the playoffs this season coach Randy Wittman and the front office should be worried. Still, it really comes back to John Wall shooting 37.9 percent this season and how rarely the Wizards are getting to the line.

  1. moseskkim - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    He makes good points but 1. He hasn’t been in Washington for that long. Don’t see why he’s acting like he’s the man on the team. 2. He’s always injured. He can’t even stay healthy for an extended period of time.

    • azarkhan - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      The Wizards (née Bullets) are a dysfunctional franchise that hasn’t been consistently good for oh…about 30 years. My only question is why Nene signed with the Wiz in the first place. Money can’t buy happiness.

      • moseskkim - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        He was traded for javale McGee so didn’t have much choice

      • redbaronx - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        @azarkhan – Nene didn’t “sign” with the Wizards. He signed with Denver in 2011 for a five year contract and was traded to the Wizards.

      • azarkhan - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        My apologies, I didn’t realize Nene had no choice in the matter. I don’t blame him for being pissed.

    • redbaronx - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      moseskkim – I’m a Wizards fan and this is Nene’s second year. On a team where the longest tenured players are John Wall, Chris Singleton, Kevin Seraphin, and Jan Vessely, Nene has just as much right to speak out. He’s a vet player in this league and he’s absolutely right. The Wizards need to learn how to play team ball. The attitude needs to start from the top and I don’t think we have the right management team, or coach in place to be a winning franchise. Setting a team tone on how to play defensively starts with management vision. We definitely need to borrow a page from the teams that do this well: Indiana, San Antonio, Golden State. Hero ball only works when you have a superstar on your roster.

  2. kchoya - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    That’s funny, wasn’t “head up the butt” one of the 14 different injuries for which Nene missed time last season?

  3. peachypete - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Nene had 4 points and 2 rebounds against those Spurs. Maybe he needs to remove his head out of his own butt before he starts damning what other guys are doing.

    He’s already missed 2 of the Wizards’ 8 games. He’s been thrown out of another against OKC – they were up 10 with about 3 minutes left when he got tossed, and managed to lose. He’s gone 4/10 and 8/14 from the line in the 2 most recent losses before last night’s game, and he’s a 6’11” PF who gets 5 rebounds a game in 30 minutes. Come on, dude. You have no room to talk. You’ve been part of the problem this year.

    He’s an above average player, but he hasn’t exactly had a sparkling start to this season, and he’s been constantly hurt before this season. He needs to worry about not being so soft around the rim and finishing a few and 1’s before he starts calling guys out. That’s not being a leader, it’s being a punk.

  4. belleby123 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    What the hell is going on in that locker room?

  5. lowpostfootwork - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Hard to get your team to act right when you overpay your 2nd best player ( John Wall), while your best player is in his 2nd year and has all the leadership skills you want ( Bradley Beal)

  6. mdpgc - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    NeNe has no room to talk, in the Spur game he had 4pts, was 2-6 from the field, and had 2 Rebs in 25 mins. Hey Nene produce, make the most of your minutes, and then talk.

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