Nene removed an ice bag from his right knee after the Wizards lost to Golden State on March 23 and shook his head as he spoke to head athletic trainer Eric Waters. A few minutes before, Nene had complained about the taxing, physical grind of battling in the low post.

Two days later, Nene decided that he needed to rest before the injury became more serious. Nene sat out four games and felt justified about his decision when he watched replays of Louisville guard Kevin Ware breaking his right leg in horrific fashion on Sunday in the NCAA tournament.

“You saw what happened in college, the little boy,” Nene said. “I told them: ‘I don’t feel safe to jump with people around you. I don’t feel comfortable.’ And that example happen and it was tragic. But it was a example. You need to feel fine to play basketball. If you not okay, you need to sit down. That was a big example.”

Nene was still dealing with some swelling in his right knee after participating in Monday’s light practice but said afterward that he would attempt to return when the Wizards host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday at Verizon Center.

“There is a chance to play, yes,” Nene said. “I don’t know how many minutes I’m going to play, but yes, I’m going to try to play [Tuesday] to see how I feel.”