Wizards’ Nene Excited About Playing With Brazil

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The Washington Wizards’ Nene Hilario is looking forward to playing for his native Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


“When I hear the words ’Olympics Games’, I think about the best sports tournament in the world,” Hilario told “It’s a competition where only the top athletes can compete.”


And the fact that the games will be played in his home country just makes it even more special.


“Knowing that we will be playing at home is a privilege,” said Hilario. “But it also means that we have a lot of responsibility, more pressure than usual. I think that if our preparation is great and if we have the support of the whole country, we can have a great campaign on home soil.”


Hilario has a history playing with Brazil at the Olympics.


He led the team to the quarterfinals at the 2012 Games in London.


Hilario, a 6-11, 250-pound center, has averaged 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 13 NBA seasons with the Nuggets and Wizards


This season in Washington, he averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Wizards missed the playoffs with a 41-41 record.


Hilario will be a free agent this summer and can sign with another team or choose to stay in DC.