David Campo wrote:Nuggets fan here...
Nene has always done this stuff. He's an extremely talented, super-nice guy, but he doesn't "play hurt". As someone up-thread said, he's big on the phrase, "I don't want to return until I'm 100%". Is anyone ever 100%? How many professional athletes don't play with some pain somewhere? Contrast Nene to Nuggets backup PG Andre Miller, who's 35 and has missed four games in his career. He's just tough. Nene isn't.
Per Javale, he impressed Hakeem tremendously, but he's not ready to start. George Karl prefers to bring him off the bench with the aforementioned Andre Miller, the best lob passer in NBA history, which plays to his strengths. Just as I gather he did in D.C., he mixes amazing moments with dumb moments, but he seems to be increasing the former and decreasing the latter. We Nuggets fans are thankful we have him, and hope he eventually lives up to his contract. Nene, to me, has always had the potential to be the poor man's Hakeem, but at this point in his career, it's clear he's never going to be more than what he is today. He too has some amazing moments, and you wonder why he can't do it all the time. The key is (IMO), basketball just doesn't mean that much to him. Jesus and his marriage are far and beyond his top priorities with basketball just being a job. However, we all know, if you call in sick to a job this often, you're gone. I'm sure most Nuggets fans wish him well in Washington.
You guys made out like bandits with McGee, David Campo. (They got rid of a bad contract and got a younger, healthier, useful player at the same position.) I said that was a bad trade the day it happened. Washington would have been far better off just letting McGee walk for nothing than with picking up 13M a season for a guy with chronic foot problems.
The Wizards were angry and trying to imply Javale cared about stats. They feuded with his mother publicly. As far as earning his contract goes, the Wizards said McGee would demand $14M per season. The Wizards balked at the idea of paying McGee what DeAndre Jordan received, 4 years and $43M. Instead, they traded for 30-yr old Nene, who Denver had just signed for 5 years, $65M. Common sense or critical thinking skills by anyone trading for Nene, (Ernie Grunfeld seems to lack critical thinking skills
), should have surmised that Denver had buyer's remorse. Nene had missed a lot of games with nagging injuries after signing his deal. Instead of doing due diligence, Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld at the very end of the trade deadline traded a young, freakish athlete, for an injury-prone, older player with a big contract.
Javale got 4 years, $44M, from Denver. http://www.basketball-reference.com/pla ... eja01.html
It boggles my mind that the Wizards could not have at least tried Seraphin at PF and McGee at C.