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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Nets' Brook Lopez progressing in rehab from season-ending surgery

By on 5/15/2014 07:30:00 PM

The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday by the score of 96-94. The loss ended the season for the Nets after a 44-win regular season and first round playoff upset over the Toronto Raptors. The is good news on the injury front, as center Brook Lopez is progressing nicely from surgery in March on his foot and ankle and expects to be ready by training camp.

 Keith Allison  via Wikimedia Commons

As reported by Mike Mazzeo of, Lopez was been doing lots of pool workouts and spot shooting.  The next step in the recovery process is losing the air cast, which should happen in a couple of weeks.

Although Lopez has had multiple surgeries, he believes he can return to All-Star form, even if he has to change his style of play to fit Jason Kidd's system.  There is no question that the Nets struggled running their offense through Lopez in the low-post, even though he averaged 20.7 points and shot 56.3 percent from the floor in 17 games.
“It was pretty up-and-down [the system], I think I’d have to get back to running the floor. But I think like I said there would be adjustments to be made. I don’t think I can sit here and say what I’d be doing.”
Lopez underwent successful ankle surgery in March to repair a torn tendon. He initially fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot against the 76ers and then had surgery to repair that injury.

Lopez is in his sixth season out of Stanford. He averaged 13 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game as a rookie.  Lopez developed into a 20 point per game scorer in 2010-2011 when he averaged 20.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting. This season Lopez averaged a career high 20.7 points on 56.3 percent from the floor.  In 342 career games, all with the Nets, Lopez is averaging 18 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

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