Nene Hilario took an indefinite leave of absence a few days ago to attend to personal concerns. The Brazilian forward – who played just 12 games for the Denver Nuggets this season – underwent surgery to remove a testicular tumor. A biopsy will follow to find out if it was cancerous.
Nene was plagued with different injuries in the past years which prevented his career to take off. He missed 22 games earlier this season after having a thumb surgery. He played for only less than 3 minutes for the entire 2005-2006 season and missed 27 games in the 2004-2005 season due to several injuries. Nene is averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 12 games this season.
Nene released a statement before the Nuggets game against Atlanta Hawks thanking his fans, teammates and the Nuggets organization for all the support given to him.
“My victory will represent their victory as well. Thanks for being with me in this moment. I will remember all the appreciation. I thank God that we could detect this at such an early stage.”
There is no timetable for the return of Brazilian big man.
Let’s hope and pray for the speedy recovery of Nene.