Saturday , Jan , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Nenê Takes Leave of Absence

Nene took an indefinite leave of absence from the team Friday to take care of a personal medical issue. The Nuggets wouldn’t elaborate on what was wrong with Nene, who missed 22 games earlier this season after surgery on his left thumb.

"His health, his future, his life is much more important than basketball," Karl said after the Nuggets’ 113-103 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Nene issued a statement before the game, saying he was "very upset that I have to put a little delay on being with the team to take care of my health."

"It’s hard to go through when things seem to be going so well," he said. "I want to get back on the court as soon as possible to help my teammates." [Click here for more from Yahoo! Sports.]