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Injury: Plantar Fasciitis
Nene Hilario of the Washington Wizards is a player known for two things. For one, Nene has polished skills on both ends of the floor, which make him an All-Star caliber talent.
The other reason for recognition is his long history of injuries.
Nene had missed 237 games in his 10-year career, with the first game of the 2012-13 season, making it 238. The reason for his absence this time around is plantar fasciitis, which has ailed him since the London Olympics.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports that the injury will keep him sidelined "indefinitely."
"It’s a little hard but I’m on the right direction, and when I get back, for sure, I will be back 100 [percent] ready to help my team," Nene said. "That’s what I can say."
Nene went on to say, "Right now, I’m not going to be on the court, but I need to be around them. I know I can help just being close to them for certain moments. I’m blessed to be here."
In the meantime, the Wizards' young frontcourt players and coaching staff are singing Nene's praises as a leader and mentor.
"Another voice," [head coach Randy] Wittman said. "He’s done a lot of that. That’s important for those guys. Because you see it differently when you’re hurt and on the bench than when you are running up and down the floor, and I think it’s been a big help for some of our guys to hear that."
"He talk to me everyday on everything. I just try to listen," said Kevin Seraphin.
"He told me, ‘You got 81 more games left. Hold your head high,'" [Trevor] Booker said. "I look at him as my big brother. He definitely offers a lot of advice."
Nene's presence is clearly helping the Wizards' young players develop their game from both a mental and physical standpoint. His inability to play, however, could have severely damaging implications on the Wizards' postseason aspirations.
Until they've set a timetable for his return, the risk his high.
Threat Level: High