Advertisement

 DENVER (AP) -Nuggets forward Nene, who is recovering from testicular cancer, issued an apology and a thank you Sunday.
In his first public comments since discovering he had cancer, Nene said he's sorry that his Web site posted an incorrect statement saying his tumor was benign when it was actually malignant and added that he's thankful for an outpouring of support from across the world.
The Brazilian forward took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Jan. 11 and underwent surgery in Denver. Shortly afterward, his Web site posted a statement saying the tumor was benign. But that announcement quickly was removed, and doctors later said it was cancerous but isolated and that Nene is expected to make a full recovery.
``I would like to apologize for the incorrect information that was disclosed. There was no bad-faith or intention to fool anyone upon the announcement of a wrong result for the biopsy,'' Nene said in a statement Sunday that blamed a miscommunication for the error.
``But the worst part is over, I am very happy with the result of the exams, happy for feeling better,'' said Nene, who visited the Nuggets at practice on Thursday and spent time with coach George Karl, who is a cancer survivor himself and has a son, Coby, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, who is also a cancer survivor.
``It was wonderful to meet my basketball family, my Denver teammates, and I was surprised with the support and the way they welcomed me back. It is because of emotions like this that I see how difficult it will be to stay away from the courts,'' Nene said.
No timetable has been set for Nene's return, although the Nuggets are hoping he'll be back on the court in April.
``My mind is there, with the team, but my body needs to rest and to recover,'' Nene said. ``And to know that I am recovering is a big comfort. I had the opportunity to talk with my coach Karl, who also faced very difficult moments and won such battles.''
He said he's heard from fans ``from all parts of the world'' wishing him well.
``I am well, feeling strong and grateful for all this affection that came from so much people, from so many places, and which was a very strong support point to me in the course of the last month,'' he said.
Nene is averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. He missed 22 games earlier this season after an operation on his left thumb. He was out for all but one game of the 2005-06 season after tearing a knee ligament, and he was sidelined for 27 games the season before with a variety of ailments after signing a six-year, $60 million contract.
Advertisement

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Tim Duncan retires The San Antonio Spurs lost their franchise player on Monday, as Tim Duncan elected to retire after an amazing 19-year...
Thumbnail Rockets give Harden an extension The Houston Rockets locked up their star player for years to come, announcing an extension with James Harden on...
Thumbnail OKC's title odds plummet without Durant Following the announcement that Kevin Durant will be signing with the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA title...
Thumbnail Durant heading to Golden State The shoe finally dropped in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, as he has elected to sign with the Golden State Warriors for next...
Thumbnail Warriors now 2/3 to win title with Durant The Golden State Warriors were already favored to win the 2017 NBA Finals championship, but their odds improved even more after...
More inNBA Articles  
Advertisement

NBA Team Pages