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

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Brook Lopez's bad luck continued as the Brooklyn Nets center suffered a foot injury on Saturday. However, X-rays were negative, and the big man is expected to make a return in the near future. 

Continue for updates. 

Lopez Comments on Return

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Lopez told reporters he plans on playing against the Houston Rockets Wednesday night "unless someone tells him he's not," via Newsday's Rod Boone.

Latest on Lopez's Practice Status

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reported Lopez took part in the non-contact portion of the session.

Lopez's Timeline for Return Revealed

Sunday, Nov. 8

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Lopez "is expected to return to lineup this week."

Lopez Once Again Dealing With Foot Problems

Since appearing in 82 games in each of his first three seasons, Lopez has been plagued by injuries. The 27-year-old missed the final 61 games in 2011-12 because of a broken foot and missed 65 games in 2013-14 with more foot problems. 

Foot injuries can be career-ending issues for big men. Yao Ming's foot problems started in 2005, continued on and off for the next five seasons and forced his retirement at the age of 30. 

The Nets have been able to avoid that kind of catastrophe thus far, in part by using Lopez off the bench in 28 of the 72 games he played last season. Keeping him healthy is essential for the Nets to rebound this season, as he is one of the league's most productive centers and coming off a year in which he averaged 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

The Nets did add Andrea Bargnani as an insurance policy, though he's also suffered injury woes throughout his career. This franchise is entering a rebuilding phase with Lopez as the centerpiece, making his presence more crucial than ever.


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