Before he could get the Washington Wizards prepared for Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Coach Randy Wittman felt the need to defuse a potential landmine within his locker room. Following Wednesday’s 92-79 loss in San Antonio, Nene called out “young guys” on the team, asking them to take “their heads out their butts” and focus more on playing as a team rather than accumulating personal statistics.

When his players convened for practice on Friday after taking a day off, Wittman pulled aside Nene and asked the Brazilian big man to address any player who may have taken exception to his comments. Nene obliged. Words were exchanged between Nene and a handful of players, including John Wall. And those involved have vowed to put the episode behind them.

“What happened a couple days ago was a frustration moment. Everybody here is not happy with the circumstances,” Nene said. “I understand nobody is perfect. I’m not perfect. Players are not perfect. We are going to make mistake, but at the end of the day . . . this is my family, this is my teammates, and we go to the war room together. We need to grab each other’s hands and be together. We know what we need to do, we just need to bring it, play hard, play the right way and everything is going to be fine.”

Wall said he wasn’t too upset when he first saw the comments but appreciated Nene for taking time to apologize and discuss what led him to speak out. Nene had a string of being on eight straight playoff teams snapped when he was traded to Washington in March 2012 and was disappointed that the team — which supposedly has playoff aspirations — continues to struggle despite beginning the season with a mostly healthy roster.