Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 6:02 pm  |  12 responses

Baby Boy

When Nene was still learning the game and earning his name.

NenePhoto by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 72

The past few seasons have been tough for Nene. Hampered with injuries and illness, Nene was all but written off. With the trade of Marcus Camby over the summer, a last opportunity presented itself to Nene. Suffice to say, he’s made the most of it. Once again reminding people why this Brazailian was taken 7th overall in 2002. β€” Tzvi Twersky

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  • mike

    i love this one. glad to see one south american make it in the nba.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Or one of many?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    Mike, Ginobli (among others) would like to have word with you.

  • MeloMan13

    i remember thissss
    i have this issue

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    i remember this issue too. only subscribed for 2 years…

  • Ping Ping

    one of the sickest pics ever in slam …. great choice.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    mike, there are a ton of South Americans in the NBA.

  • Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo

    nene is beasting like i knew he would

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    still one of my favorite articles. great picture too

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    awesome, all the best for Nene

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    big men taken in the 2002 lottery:

    1. yao
    4. drew gooden
    5. skita
    7. nene
    9. amare
    11. jared jeffries
    12. melvin ely
    13. marcus haislip

    glad nene has made it three who’ve panned out.