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Nets Brook Lopez has surgery, expected back in 6-8 weeks

Dec 23, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

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Brook Lopez had successful surgery Friday to fix the stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal (the long bone above the little toe) in his foot, the team announced.

What really matters to them is they expect him back in six to eight weeks, in mid to late February. Which is before the March 15 trading deadline. Which is about when the Orlando Magic will get around to trading Dwight Howard. Lopez is at the heart of the Nets package to try and get Howard (which has not wowed the Magic brass enough yet

Here is the official word from the doctor:

“A single screw was inserted into the bone to stabilize the fracture and speed up the healing process,” said Dr. O’Malley. “He was placed in a boot and will walk with the aid of crutches. Brook will begin his rehab in two weeks.”

Over at netsarescorching.com they did a great look a back at others who suffered this same injury and the result was that most bounced back fine a few months later. Pau Gasol had the surgery in 2006, Mike Bibby in 2002, Elton Brand way back in his Duke Days. Those guys and others never had issues with their foot again.

The question of how this impacts Lopez’s trade value are still out there, but at least it looks like the Nets will get to find out.

  1. khuxford - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    “(the long bone above the little toe)”

    If you have a bone above your toe, see a physician…or call Ripley’s.

  2. marcusfitzhugh - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    How will “a broken foot” impact his trade value as in “Brooke and a bag of rocks” for Dwight Howard? Why would Orlando management make THAT deal? Second, I have no idea why Dwight said he’d play for Jersey. At 24-58, the Nets were the fifth worst team in the NBA last season. Orlando went 52-30 last year. If Howard doesn’t like losing in Orlando, why is going to a worse team with worse weather any better? Williams is currently the best player on the Nets and he won’t sign a contract extension. In a best case scenario, Williams signs and Jersey gets Howard. Then what? Does anyone really think Williams and Howard are what New Jersey needs to win an NBA title?

    I’m not a Laker fan and I think LA would be making a mistake in doing it, but if Orlando is going to deal Howard, send him to LA. Bynum and Gasol for Howard is a much better deal than a center who just broke his foot (and was rushed through rehab) and some no-names.

    Regarding Lopez’ foot being better in 6-8 weeks, it appears to be a little tougher for other “big men”. Using the Nets own propaganda – Andray Blatch, Kwame Brown and Paul Gasol all took FOUR MONTHS to recover.

    • bparmalee - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      The Lakers havent offered Bynum and Gasol for Howard. I think if they decided to do that the deal would get done. Howard likes the idea of the Nets because they are moving to Brooklyn and their owner has the means to compete (also he seems to favor the last person he speaks with). In the NBA right now it doesnt matter how bad you have been historically… it only matters where you are located and your market size (see LA Clippers). Also draft picks are essential to small market teams. If the Nets really are willing to offer 5 picks and Lopez… thats a deal that could help Orlando rebuild. Who knows maybe they can find the next great center that will leave town for a bigger market.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      I have a feeling if Howard commits to the Nyets, so does Williams. And why wouldn’t he want to go to Brooklyn, with a top-3 PG and a multi-billionaire playboy Russian gangster owner?

      “Does anyone really think Williams and Howard are what New Jersey needs to win an NBA title? ”
      A top-3 PG and the best C in the game. Where would you start, oh wise one?

    • jerseyfinatic - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      Are you an idiot? First of all most of those 58 losses last year came before we traded for deron. After we got deron we started winning a lot more games and at a point were 5 games out of the 8th seed. Second Denron stated himself that there is a 90 percent chance he’d sign with the Nets. Third, if we I get Howard, the best center in the league, who nobody can stop defensively or offensively, how do we not have a chance at winning the title? We have young prospects like marshon brooks and damion James who have the potential to be all stars. So shut your mouth.

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