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Brook Lopez has had enough. Finally.

Mar 19, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

Brook Lopez has a lot of reasons to be frustrated. I can think of 61 off the top of my head. Make that 62 when he thinks about his brother getting glorious feeds from Steve Nash. 

The Nets have 14 games to win three, or they go down as the worst team in NBA history. Doesn’t sound like much, but on their season-long pace New Jersey would likely win one, maybe two. Not enough.

Lopez — the one Net having a good season, with a PER of 20.3, well above the league average — wants those wins. He is frustrated. And it is starting to boil over, according to Al Iannazzone at

Lopez’s frustration has been obvious in games and in the locker room lately and it was apparent at practice today.

Lopez stormed off the court and was followed by assistant coach Roy Rogers, several players and a Nets’ security person. Lopez never returned.

“Teams have been a little bit more aware (of Lopez in the offense),” (Devin) Harris said. “He’s been more of the focal point of the offense. His catches aren’t as deep as they were earlier in the year. It’s probably both on myself and him – it’s kind of a partnership that way. We need to make more of a conscious effort that when he has deep position we need to give him the ball regardless of if he has an open shot or not. He’s our focal point in the paint. We need to first and foremost try to get him going and try and get the rest of the guys going.”

Brook shouldn’t be the only one frustrated — the entire team should have been storm-out-of-the-gym frustrated back in January. And done something about it then.

But you’ve got to be mature about it now. Outside of Kobe Bryant and maybe a couple other guys, people do not play better angry. They play out of control, take bad shots and commit bad fouls. You’ve got to get it under control, or you’re not going to get those three wins.

  1. Dave Berke - Mar 19, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    As the NBA season winds down, meaningless games will be tanked so the Nets exceed 9 wins and do not set a record that is so richly deserved. This team is the worst ever with no redeeming qualities. Nothing can deny them this dubious honor.
    Remember the 2003 Detroit Tigers when they amazingly won five of their last seven games to escape deserved ignomity. The fraternity protects its own, right or wrong.

  2. Andrew - Mar 19, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    “the entire team should have been storm-out-of-the-gym frustrated back in January”
    This would only make sense if the losing wasn’t the players fault. But it is so they need to spend as much time in the gym practicing as possible.

  3. Jason - Mar 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Nope. Losing is definitely NOT all the players fault. No experience? Check. Major time-consuming injuries to 40% of the projected starting 5? Check. Top 5 youngest team in the league? Check. Coaching change mid-season? Check. Current coach with no experience on how to run a team or tie his own tie? Check. Cloud hanging over the most in debt team in the league with a pending ownership change? Check.
    No the Nets have more talent on paper than the Knicks, Kings, TWolves, Pistons, Warriors, Bucks, Bulls, 76ers and Wizards. The Nets are not a BAD team: they are simply too young with no real captain manning this ship. Partner that with all the administrative stuff I listed above and you surely have a recipe for disaster. name one team I mentioned above who has a better one-two punch (when healthy) than Devin and Brooke (the former a 27 year old All Star and the latter only 21!) for many years to come? With the possible addition of John Wall and enough cap space for one big free agent and another mid level free agent the Nets should battle for a playoff spot next year. yes, the same team that has only 7 wins this season will likely be a playoff team next year. If you don’t think so you don;t follow the team and their situation close enough… Bring on the Ruskie!!!

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