Nuggets’ Nene says he had tumor removed |

Nuggets’ Nene says he had tumor removed

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DENVER, Colorado ” Doctors have removed a tumor from Nuggets forward Nene, according to a statement posted on the player’s Web site Tuesday.

The statement said the surgery was done Monday at a Denver hospital, but it did not indicate whether the tumor was cancerous or say where it was located.

Nene’s medical team will discuss what to do next after getting test results expected by the end of the week, the statement said.

Nene, who is from Brazil, took an indefinite leave of absence on Friday. The team hasn’t released any information about his condition.

The Portuguese-language statement called Nene’s situation “uncomfortable” but said it “still needs to be faced with professionalism and, mainly, optimism by everyone.”

Nene is averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. He missed 22 games earlier this season after undergoing left thumb surgery.

He missed all but one game of the 2005-06 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and he missed 27 games the season before with a variety of ailments.

The Nuggets were scheduled to play the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday night after losing to the Bobcats 119-116 in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday.

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