Monday, May 30th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  12 responses

George Karl Believes Nene Will Return to Denver Nuggets

Despite the big fella’s option to opt-out of his current deal, and hints about playing elsewhere, George Karl sounds confident that he’ll be coaching Nene next season and beyond. From the Denver Post: “The big man told Denver Post reporter Chris Dempsey earlier this month that he might well opt out of his contract and that the Nuggets ‘don’t realize all of the sacrifices I made. When you don’t feel appreciated, it’s hard.’ Karl seemed optimistic that the Nuggets could persuade Nene to stay. The Brazilian is due to make $12 million next season but could sign a three-year extension with Denver, the team he’s played for his entire career. ‘I have no problem with Nene expressing his opinions on his position. I think me and the organization very much want him here,’ Karl said. ‘I think with the situation of this year, maybe he felt like he needed more contact (about the contract). (But) from what I know with my relationship with Nene and his love for Denver, I just think things are going to get worked out, I really do. I know (executives) Masai (Ujiri) and Josh (Kroenke) have kind of talked to him, and I’m going to follow up on that — I’m sure it will be in the next couple of weeks.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Don’t leave Nene, Nuggets can be an exciting team..
    Whats his first name btw?

  • Coconut

    His name is Maybyner Hilario. Nene is a nickname that means “baby”. Very fitting for a 6-11 beast :p And yes he should stay!

  • http://www.bulls.com. Rigo Gonzalez

    Coconut is on point.
    I couldn’t believe he decided to just legally go by “baby”. Especially being an athlete?
    Who’d want a bunch of professional basketball players, coaches and refs calling you “baby” all the time?

  • MikeC.

    To paraphrase from another poster: Nene to the Knicks! Make it happen Walsh!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Rigo. Apparently Glen Davis.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Few months ago didn’t he also think Mello would also resign with the Nuggets?? Nene is also a bird.

  • Holiday

    He should be playin power forward, they should get a new star that will work together with Nene. Melo was more of a “I can do it myself” type, if they could of got amare instead of the other guys those two would do work down low!

  • Jer Boi

    @Rigo maybe it motivates him

  • giogolo

    he cant make babies anymore thats why he’s not using his last name..is that legAL? plus using a nick which he wont be able to produce with a woman..it all comes together ..this guy. hehe

  • Mike From Spain

    People believe all sorts of ish…


    Nene wants the Big Apple. Make it happen, Donnie . . . make it happen. It’s clear Nene just wants to “come home” to the team that drafted him. Full circle baby.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Didn’t George Karl believe that Carmelo wouldn’t get traded either?