Brook Lopez Injury: Updates on Nets Star's Foot and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2014

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Updates from Monday, Nov. 3

Lionel Hollins and Deron Williams spoke about Brook Lopez's return against Oklahoma City, via Devin Kharpertian of TheBrooklynGame.com:

Hollins had one main goal for Lopez, and it wasn’t a statistical benchmark, just a physical one. 'Make sure he doesn’t trip over his tongue,' the coach cracked. 'Get him out of the game before his tongue gets that low.'

Deron Williams expressed excitement at his big man’s return, confident that the Nets could re-integrate Lopez easily.

'He’s been out there,' Williams said of Lopez. 'He’s been in practice. He was there pretty much all of training camp, and most of the preseason. We got some games with him under our belt. A guy like that is pretty much easy to integrate, because you can throw the ball to him and he can go to work. You don’t have to worry about him.'

Updates from Sunday, Nov. 2

Brook Lopez is set to make his season debut tomorrow according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez will make his 2014 regular-season debut in Monday night's home-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center.

Lopez missed the team's first two games of the season due to a right midfoot sprain he suffered during the preseason on Oct. 15.

"I don't think nervous, but anxious. Anxious is a good word," Lopez said after going through a full practice Sunday. "I'm excited to play tomorrow. I wish it was right now."

Updates from Saturday, Nov. 1

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post has an update on Brook Lopez's status:

Updates from Friday, Oct. 31

Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game has an update on Brook Lopez, from head coach Lionel Hollins:

After missing the team’s Friday practice, Brook Lopez will not play Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons as he continues to rest his right midfoot sprain.

“He just has pain,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “He was having pain before and looked like he was going better, but now he can’t. It’s not my call of when he does practice or when he doesn’t, so when (the trainers) say he’s not going today, okay.”

There is currently no timetable for Lopez’s return, and it’s the first time Lopez did not do non-contact drills since returning to non-contact following the team’s open practice on Sunday, October 26th.

“I was optimistic every day, (but) when he doesn’t come out and practice, I’m not optimistic any more,” Hollins added. “But he was doing part of the drills, so I figured he was getting better. Now he didn’t practice today, so he’s not going to play tomorrow.”

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 29

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN has an update on Brook Lopez's status for Wednesday's season opener:

Updates from Friday, Oct. 17

Lenn Robbins of the Nets and Tim Bontemps of the New York Post have an update on Brook Lopez from general manager Billy King:

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Brook Lopez and "injury problems" have become synonymous over the last three years, so many won't be surprised to hear that the Brooklyn Nets' big man could be out for a couple of weeks after suffering a soft tissue injury in his right foot, per ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk:

The Brooklyn Nets confirmed Thursday that their All-Star center did not suffer a fracture to the foot, labeling the injury "a mild right midfoot sprain." But if Lopez needs more than 10 days to recover, his status for the season opener at Boston on Oct. 29 could be in doubt.

Lopez, 26, underwent two procedures on his right foot on Jan. 4 when he had surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal and a first metatarsal osteotomy, in which another bone was repositioned in his foot to unload and protect the injured area.

Dr. Riley Williams III, medical director for the Nets, released a statement on the team's website:

Brook Lopez experienced right foot soreness after being stepped on during the preseason game against the Kings Wednesday night. X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries. Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days.

During his first three years in the NBA, Lopez was a pillar of consistency, appearing in all 246 regular-season games during that stretch. Since the 2011-12 season, however, he's missed a total of 134 contests.

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15:  Darren Collison #7 of Sacramento Kings drives against Brook Lopez #11 of Brooklyn Nets  during the 2014 NBA Global Games match between the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings at MasterCard Center on October 15, 2014 in Beijing
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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's more than any other forward or center during the same time frame (h/t ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo):

When healthy, Lopez is one of the most talented offensive centers in the league. For his career, the 7-footer has averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He's also efficient from the field (51.1 percent) and free-throw line (78.9 percent).

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Though the Nets have other big-name players like point guard Deron Williams, shooting guard Joe Johnson and power forward (and Team USA member) Mason Plumlee, the team functions best around Lopez.

Paul Pierce is off in Washington, and Kevin Garnett is looking like a 38-year-old entering his 20th season in the league. With the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers appearing to be the class of the Eastern Conference, it will be on Lopez to power the Nets to a respectable seed.

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