Nene gave an earful to youngster Kevin Seraphin.credit: totalprosports.com
It’s not a good time to be part of the Washington Wizards. The team is an embarrassing 3-23, and things have been disastrous all season. You can add veteran big man Nene to the list of people who isn’t happy with the way things are going. And apparently, he was so frustrated that he got in Kevin Seraphin’s face.
Via NBC Sports:
Nene has grown increasingly frustrated with the direction the team has taken in recent weeks, and he hasn’t hidden his disappointment as he continues to play limited minutes because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. In just 26 minutes against Cleveland, Nene had 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. The Wizards outscored the Cavaliers by 25 points while the center was on the floor.
“He was really mad at me,” Seraphin said. “He’s like the leader right now. He’s trying to help the team the best way and he really thinks I’m an important player for this team and I’ve been struggling for like the last five games and he told me that.
“He told me straight up, ‘You should play more than 12 minutes.’ I’m supposed to be ready for the game. I’m supposed to play good. He said, ‘Maybe if you were playing good, maybe we got more chances to win the game.’ That’s what he told me, he was just like, he was mad.”
Maybe this could be a good thing for the Wizards. The team isn’t terribly talented, and needs a healthy John Wall and Nene to make any sort of noise, but someone needed to say or do something. Sitting back and accepting a 3-23 record is not a positive thing.
At the very least, maybe a bit of Nene’s passion and leadership can rub off on some of the younger guys and make them better for the future.
But until John Wall comes back, this team probably won’t get much better.
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