Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at 11:39 am  |  14 responses

Brazil’s Nene Vows to Retire by 2016

Rio de Janeiro was just named host for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Is Denver Nuggets’ center Nene, a native of Brazil, expecting to then play for his home country? “In seven years, I’m retired in seven years,” Nene said in an interview Saturday with FanHouse.

Nene, entering his eighth season, turned 27 last month, and would seem to still have some good years left in 2016 and beyond. Is he serious about retiring before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when he will be just 33? “Oh yeah,” he said. “I’m serious.”

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  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com Lucas

    That’s a good idea, it works out perfectly for him.

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    That’s great, Nene.

  • Mack

    how is that good for Nene?

  • ab_40

    maybe that will be his last tournament and retire after that. 33 in human years is still fairly young. 2012 in london is gonna be terrible

  • peter

    Has his career even gotten started??

  • Josh D

    S he’s going to turn down the opportunity to play in his country in Olympics? Man, i would kill to play at London 2012

  • Danny W UK

    Josh D, you don’t have to kill to play for Team GB in 2012. You just gotta be able to hit a Jumpshot. Seriuosly Team GB ain’t all that hot, Amaechi could still walk straight into the squad. I retire in 2036 BTW.

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  • http:///realcavsfans.com Anton

    Shaq from SLAM in late 90′s: “At 30, I’m out.”

  • 6marjons

    Yeah i agree with that amaechi comment gb sucks, we’re getting better but will still suck by the time 2012 turns up, im just hoping usa turn up to play maybe i can catch them and watch a show

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Oscar Schmidt played for Brazil when he was like 50. Not sure what “retirement” has to do with anything.

  • tavoris

    The man probably feels a little older than 27, given his injury history and beating that little problem called TESTICULAR CANCER. If he retires at 33 a VERY wealthy man, good for him.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    I’m sure the world of basketball will sigh a collective heavy breath when yet rudimentarily skilled multimillionaire big man walks away.

  • Alvin

    I say good for him if he wants to leave the league to play for his home country, how often is it that people get to compete and represent their country in the most prestigious of sporting events….