AT&T CENTER - Prior to last Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards center Nene found himself singing the praises of a player he was about to matchup with and defend.
It’s not every day you get to play against a longtime teammate, and Nene, even with the game just over an hour away was talking like a proud big brother about Spurs forward and fellow countryman Tiago Splitter
Asked about playing against Splitter that night, instead of the normal testosterone-laced, competitive pregame fair you may come to expect, especially from a relative giant in the 6-11 Nene, instead he used the word “great” to describe the upcoming grudge match against the player that flanks him most summers in international play.
“It's great. He's a great player, very smart,” Nene said. “We grew up together you know playing in the national team so we have a good relationship.”