"Sometimes, you need to sacrifice something to win or invest in your future," said Nene, who joined the team from Denver in a three-team trade deadline deal last March. "I know this team took me, like when I got traded, they embraced me hard. I told them, 'As soon as I get better and I'm able to play, I will help my team.' That's not to mean I'm cured or not injured. The injury is still there and I have heart. I have pride and I trust this team. So that's the reason I'm playing."