Nuggets' Hilario changes name to Nene

Updated: August 6, 2003, 11:55 PM ET

DENVER -- Nene Hilario has legally changed his name to a single word, Nene, the team said Wednesday.

Nene is pronounced "Nuh-NAY."

The Nuggets said it's common in Nene's home country of Brazil for star athletes to be known by a single name.

Nene, a forward-center, averaged 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 80 games last season.

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