Thursday , Mar , 27 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Nene Aiming to Return Tonight

Nene said five minutes would be a goal his first time out.

"But it will feel like 50 minutes," he said. "I’ll be very thankful. I just hope I’ll be able to hold myself emotionally. I’m nervous."

Denver coach George Karl, a cancer survivor himself, watched with admiration as Nene, who underwent a chemotherapy session in late February, banged in the low post like the old days.

"He looked great," Karl said. "His presence was very obvious. He and (center) Marcus Camby have a communication between the two of them, and it showed today. I told him we just want to be a part of him celebrating his conquering of a very difficult situation." [Denver Post]