But then again, you could be missing out on one of the better NBA resurgences in recent memory.
Literally and figuratively considered dead weight by some of the hoops cognoscenti during the first half of the season, Nene has proven to be an invaluable member of the Nuggets' stretch run. This according to Chris Tomasson of the Rocky Mountain News:
"But look what has happened the second half of the season. Nene is down from a season-high 278 pounds to a muscular 240, prompting ESPN analyst Bill Walton to call him a player opponents are 'afraid of.'"
The Spurs, whom some have tabbed as the league's top team despite being the No. 3 seed in the West, will be the pick by many to win the series, but Nene's second-half emergence could prove troublesome for the Spurs. Nene averaged 15.6 and 7.9 boards in 10 April games. If Nene can keep up those numbers in the postseason, it gives the steely Spurs another Nugget they need to check.
So, this time you can heed Bill Walton: Be afraid. Be very afraid.