Rockets C Nene planning to retire after the season
In an interview with the NBA Freestyle program , Nenê, the Houston Rockets pivot , said he intends to retire at the end of the NBA season. (via Google Translate)
Nene, the seventh overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft has spent 17 years in the league. The 36 year-old Brazilian big man spent the best years of his career with the Denver Nuggets, where he played for 10 seasons. He also had a five-year stint with the Washington Wizards before joining the Rockets back in the 2016-17 season.
Nene’s production has decreased over the past couple of years, a large part of that is because of the emergence of Clint Capela. Houston also got Kenneth Faried earlier this year, and that led to Nene being the team’s third-string center. Still, he has been a reliable backup for the Rockets, especially when Capela went down with an injury during the middle of the season.
In 965 career games so far, Nene has averages of 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting the ball at an impressive 54.8 percent from the field.
Nene has never won a championship in the NBA. He’s been to the Western Conference Finals twice but lost both times. He definitely wants to end his career by hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy, but if that doesn’t happen, fans could be seeing his final games in the league.