Nene: 'I'm happy to represent the Houston Rockets'

While preparing for the upcoming Olympics in his home country of Brazil, center Nene expressed a great deal of excitement about landing with his new team, the Houston Rockets.

After 14 years in the NBA and missing the playoffs five times, including this past season, Nene wanted to play for a winning franchise.

Since owner Leslie Alexander bought the Rockets in 1993 the team has had only two losing seasons.

When the Rockets came calling, Nene agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.9 million.

He is thrilled with his decision.

"Great, really great," Nene said in a telephone interview with FOX 26 Sports from Ribeirao Bonito, Brazil. "14 years (in the NBA) I know Houston really well.

"I know their history. They have a winning history. That's what I look for, and I'm glad to be part of the group. I'm happy to represent the Houston Rockets."

During Nene's NBA career he has averaged 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.2 steals.

"You guys know what I can do, offensively and defensively, what type of player I am, " Nene said. "I want to do whatever I need to do, to do the best for the team, help the team succeed."

Nene is looking forward to playing with star guard James Harden.

"We're talking about James Harden, the cooking guy," Nene said laughing while referencing the way Harden has celebrated after hitting from distance.

"It's going to be a pleasure."

Nene feels the same way about getting the opportunity to play for Coach Mike D'Antoni.

"Everybody talks very good about him, the way he coaches," Nene said. "What I know is, he's a very offensive coach. He likes to push the ball. He likes to score. I know Mike D'Antoni a little bit. I'm going to get to know him (a lot) more."

Nene is happy to be reunited with forward Trevor Ariza.

They were teammates for two years with the Washington Wizards (2012-14).

"He was a great teammate and a friend," Nene said. "It's going to be great  to play with him again."

Nene expects to win a lot of games in Houston.

"We've got some quality players, the new additions too," Nene said. "So yeah, we're going (to make) some big noise.

"Of course we've got to work. We've got to commit to the same goals."