Nene ejected for headbutt, neck grab on Jimmy Butler (Video)

Nene was ejected in the fourth quarter of Game 3 between the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls on Friday night after headbutting Jimmy Butler and then grabbing him around the neck.

Nene had just made a fastbreak layup to bring the Wizards withing two of the Bulls with 8:28 left in the game. As he was running up the court after making the layup, he gave Butler one of those little “get out of my way” elbows.

Butler didn’t like it, so Nene got right in his face with a little headbutt and neck grab. He was ejected from the game and the league will likely review it for further discipline.

Another issue is that a few players may have come off the bench to try helping their teammates during the scrap, so the league will likely take a look at that too.

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Nene says young Wizards need to get their heads out of their butts

Nene WizardsThe Washington Wizards fell to 2-6 on the season after dropping a game in San Antonio 92-79 on Wednesday night. Nene was especially frustrated after the loss, not just because his Wizards were blown out in the fourth quarter, but because of the difference he saw between the teams’ approaches.

The veteran big man doesn’t think the Spurs have more talent than the Wizards, but he believes they play the game the right way — with a team mentality, rather than as a bunch of individuals who want stats.

“They kicked our butts in the most classy way — playing the right way,” Nene vented after the loss, via the Washington Post. “It’s crazy, that’s what makes me mad. Our young guys think they’re so smart. But if I was young, I would watch video of that game for one week to see if I could learn something, because the way they play is how you’re supposed to play.

“They not talented as us,” he continued. “They have great players, a great team, but the way they execute things, the way they cut, the way they exploit weaknesses, swing the ball. They don’t think about stats. We still think about stats. Our young guys must take their heads out their butts and play the right way, because I’m getting tired of this.”

The Wizards haven’t won in San Antonio since 1999, so a win wasn’t exactly expected. But when you see a team beat you that badly and in that manner, it opens your eyes.

As for Nene’s assertion that the Wizards have more talent than the Spurs, I disagree with that. But all teams could stand to benefit from approaching the game similar to the way the Spurs do.