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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.
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.