Player Profile: Nene

#42 Nene
Position: Center
Height: 6-11
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthdate: September 13, 1982
College: Vasco de Gama / Brazil
NBA Years: 9
Drafted: 7th Overall By New York In 2002


Career Transactions: Selected by New York Knicks in first round (7th overall) of 2002 NBA Draft … Draft rights traded by Knicks with F/C Marcus Camby and G Mark Jackson to Denver for F Antonio McDyess, the draft rights to G Frank Williams and a 2003 second-round draft choice (6/26/02) … Re-signed with the Nuggets (7/12/06)....Traded to the Wizards for C JaVale McGee and C Ronny Turiaf as part of a 3-team trade with LAC (3/15/12).

Personally: Name is pronounced (neh-NAY) … Legally changed his name to Nenê in the summer of 2003 … Given name is Maybyner Rodney Hilario … “Nenê” means baby in Portuguese – he is the youngest in his family and was the youngest in the group of kids he hung out with … Played soccer as a child and was invited to train with pro clubs at a young age … Plays the bass guitar … Grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson … Has a 7’4 3/4” armspan … Favorite meal is feijoada – a Brazilian black bean stew … Has one brother and one sister and a niece … Enjoys comedies and action movies … Favorite actor is Jackie Chan … Enjoys listening to Brazilian gospel music … Has hosted a gospel event with his pastor in Brazil the last three summers … Favorite musician is jazz artist Fred Hamilton … Wears size 17 shoes … Has done public service announcements for the United Nations … Established a foundation to build a youth center in his hometown of Sao Carlos, which provides educational and athletic resources to underprivileged children in the surrounding community … Participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders in South America in the summer of ’03 and ‘04 … Participated in an Adidas skills camp in Sao Paolo in 2005 … Sponsors over 50 athletes in his hometown ranging from basketball, cycling, tennis and soccer … Has donated season tickets to underprivileged families each of the last five seasons … Took part in the Nuggets “Eat Right” program, which promotes healthy eating habits for middle school students … Participated in youth basketball clinics at Aurora Public Schools and the Boys and Girls Club … Favorite sports teams are Sao Paulo (Brazilian soccer) and FC Barcelona … Favorite player is Ronaldinho … Favorite movie is “Left Behind.”