Brook Lopez Injury: Updates on Nets Star's Recovery from Foot Surgery

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Brook Lopez Injury: Updates on Nets Star's Recovery from Foot Surgery
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Brook Lopez’s troublesome right foot is acting up again and will reportedly keep him out until August. 

According to Josh Newman of SNYNets.com, a screw that had been inserted into the surgically repaired area had bent during the postseason and had to be replaced recently.

UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 21, at 4:42 p.m. ET

Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com has an update from Brook Lopez on his recovery from foot surgery:

With training camp a little over a week away, Lopez says his surgically repaired right foot is 100 percent healthy. 

"It's great, it's back to 100 percent," Lopez told ESPNNewYork.com Saturday from an NBA Cares event. "I'm out there doing everything." 

---End of update---


UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11:55 a.m. ET

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 8:35 a.m. EST by Sam Westmoreland

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post has the latest on Lopez's recovery process. 

After having the surgery in May, the 7-footer recently was able to shed his walking boot and resume workouts. He said he’s on track to be ready by the time the Nets reconvene for training camp in late September.

“I feel great,” Lopez said. “I have been getting in some weight lifting, getting shots up and everything is going well.

“I’m not fully working out. I’m not jumping or running or anything like that, but we have a good month-and-a-half just until training camp starts, so we’ll definitely be all right by then.”

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CBS Sports’ Ken Berger noted that the bend was discovered during a postseason physical, although Lopez participated in all seven of the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round contests against the Chicago Bulls.

The original screw was inserted back in December of 2011, after Lopez underwent surgery to repair a non-displaced stress fracture.

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After missing 32 games to recover from the procedure, the Brooklyn big man was finally able to get on the court in late February of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.

However, after just five relatively effective appearances, Lopez was forced to shut it down after suffering what he claims to be an unrelated injury to the ankle.

He came back better than ever in time for the franchise’s big move to the borough. Lopez appeared in 74 contests and played just over 30 minutes per night, getting named to his first All-Star game after averaging 19.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 and 0.9 blocks per game.

The 25-year-old stepped it up in the playoffs, putting up 22.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.4 assists in 37.6 minutes—an impressive performance considering the newly-revealed foot issue.

Despite his efforts, Lopez’s Nets fell short in Game 7 on their home court, ultimately losing to the Bulls after a hard-fought series.

It was a performance on which the team could build on, which is why this latest setback is mildly concerning.

However, with the 2013-14 season set to begin in late-October, there is plenty of time for Lopez to rehabilitate from this latest procedure and return at full strength.

Lopez was the Nets’ best and most consistent player last season, averaging 19.4 points to lead all NBA centers and making his first All-Star team. After having the surgery in May, the 7-footer recently was able to shed his walking boot and resume workouts. He said he’s on track to be ready by the time the Nets reconvene for training camp in late September.

“I feel great,” Lopez said. “I have been getting in some weight lifting, getting shots up and everything is going well.

“I’m not fully working out. I’m not jumping or running or anything like that, but we have a good month-and-a-half just until training camp starts, so we’ll definitely be all right by then.”

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