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Brook Lopez suffers broken foot, out for the season

Dec 21, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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Nets center Brook Lopez is out for the season after suffering a broken foot, news that was first broken by’s Gary Tanguay and has since been confirmed by many others.

It’s unclear exactly when the injury occurred, but Lopez left last night’s overtime loss to the Sixers without speaking to reporters. He has missed nine games this season with ankle injuries, and missed almost all of the 2012 season with a similar foot fracture.

Lopez has played at an All-Star level this season when healthy, averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in 31.4 minutes per contest. This is obviously a devastating blow to the Nets season, which began with championship aspirations.

  1. braven4evr - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    This guy just can’t stay healthy.

  2. money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    honestly…someone start an HGH discussion. i hate players being taken away from the court from injury. sticky subject though.

    • shanelsweet - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Until HGH is a safe, widely accepted and approved medical procedure, there’s not much else to discuss. If it’s not good enough for our youth, then it’s not a good idea for the pros.

      • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        ok, obviously if it were safe and did what was hoped. why would anyone say to take something that was harmful -___-

      • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        i can’t imagine a commissioner saying, hey this will hurt you, give it to everyone. the discussion should begin with an understanding that down the line testing shows it has positive benefits with minimal side effects. if hgh was a proven form of accelerated recovery, would this, should this become an accepted step to take in pro sports

      • minnesotablizzard - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        “If it’s not good enough for our youth, then it’s not a good idea for the pros” Worst logic ever. Worst argument ever. So sick and tired of the “children” argument. How does this straight up propaganda get so many upvotes?

      • Kevin S. - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        There are plenty of medical treatments that aren’t good for our youth that are perfectly acceptable for adults. Also, all of what minnesotablizzard said.

      • muhangis - Dec 22, 2013 at 6:40 AM

        Shanel you never sound like the brightest mind among the company. Do some research, instead of being your typical media sheep. I have read on an extensive deal of research on HGH, and it’s side-effects are in fact very, very minimal. But folks like you w/o any knowledge always want to throw it into the same category as steroids.

        Just do some homework yourself.

        And start citing better logic please instead of embarrassing yourself. I can think of a hundred examples where it’s much more okay and acceptable for adults to do but not for kids; alcohol, tobacco, driving, coffee, sex, adult movies, medication, etc., etc.

        ….. TERRIBLE reasoning again Shanel.

      • muhangis - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:10 AM

        Where do you come up with this stuff?

    • davidly - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      The discussion, as it were, has already taken place behind our backs. You might want to consider, first, what shaneissweet says and, second, that some of the injuries you are seeing are a result thereof–especially the repeats. Now that is a sticky subject.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      It’s already been going on for years. What’s to discuss?

      • money2long - Dec 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        the thing to discuss is players not getting suspended for it becuz they do it in their buddy’s garage based off the fact it’s ILLEGAL to use in pro sports. why am i explaining this to u ?

      • antistratfordian - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        No, you got it all wrong. That doesn’t need to be discussed – or, rather, that’s the wrong discussion.

      • money2long - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        good job billy.

  3. cruzan80 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Stick a fork them…

  4. timb12 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Yao Ming part 2.

    • tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      That’s an insult to Yao Ming

      • timb12 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Injury wise. Yao had foot problems and his career was cut short by it. Yao was the superior player, that’s just what this situation reminded me of.

      • bobb12901 - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        this guy brook is a yao twin they both could not be trusted even touching the ball with the last shot don’t have a move and cant be smart enuf to turn to basket at over seven foot and shoot the shot yao more than brook but he goes and I bet nets win more.

      • tcclark - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        I really have no idea what you just said because of the lack of punctuation.

  5. censoredpost - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Sad. Watching him play is like taking my kids into an antique store, you know something is going to get broken. He should take this time down to think long and hard as too why he can’t rebound for shiznit. 6 boards per game for a Center is bad, and he should feel bad.

  6. tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    No chance? A team with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett has no chance at winning a division that has the Celtics on top with the abysmal record of 12-15. Aside from coaching, the biggest problem with this team is that they don’t mesh well together. They could actually afford to lose some players. KG doesn’t know how to be a role player. Now with Lopez out, he doesn’t have to be. He’s the guy inside.

    And let’s not talk about Brook Lopez like he’s Lebron here. He is the worst rebounding 7 footer I have ever seen. He hasn’t averaged more than 6 rebounds per game in years. He offers nothing defensively and is soft on the offensive end. Frankly I think they’d improve with KG at the 5 and a guy like Reggie Evans getting more playing time at the four. Lopez is a scorer on a team full of scorers. Let Williams, Johnson, Pierce, and Garnett focus on scoring and let Reggie Evans provide hustle and some rebounds.

    I personally hate the Nets, but it is ridiculous to say that they have no chance at winning the horrific Atlantic Division without Brook Lopez of all people. The guy is their fifth best player and provides nothing that the other four can’t already do. Removing him form the lineup means that Jason Kidd has less egos to feed.

    Brook Lopez? c’mon. The other four guys have championships and gold medals, but they can’t beat out the Celtics with Brook Lopez? Thanks for the laughs.

    • legend30 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Have you seen the Nets’ this year? Williams, Johnson, Pierce and Garnett looks great on paper, but they have no chemistry. Williams is always dealing with ankle injuries. Johnson is hot one game, then the next game he’s cold. Pierce lost a step, actually he lost a couple steps, age is starting to catch up with him, rapidly. Garnett same thing as Pierce. Garnett is probably wishing the Clippers’ can make a trade for him.

      Boston has a much better coach, and they have fresh legs, they don’t even have Rondo back. The players plays with so much energy, and big part of that is because of Brad Stevens.

      The Nets’ are this year version, of the Lakers’ from last season.

      • tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        I have seen the Nets this year. In fact I watched them last night. The reason they look good on paper is because they have a tremendous amount of talent on their roster. Jason Kidd is a terrible coach, Pierce and Garnett don’t know how to be role players, Joe Johnson looks lost out there after having the offense run through him for years in Atlanta, and Deron Williams has no idea how to get everyone involved. That’s why I think Lopez going down will actually help the team a little. With Lopez out each on of their roles grows just a little bit. DWill doesn’t have to worry about feeding Brook Lopez the ball, KG can shift over to the 5 where he’s played the past couple of years and more of the offense can run through Pierce and Johnson.

        Boston does have the better coach, frankly everyone has a better coach than the Nets. I just found it hilarious that Brett finds it impossible for the Nets to win the division because Brook Lopez of all people is out for the year. He is good at one thing… scoring. The same thing that Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Paul Pierce specialize in, not to mention their bench of scorers like Jason Terry and Andray Blatche. If the nets aren’t going to win the division, it’s going to be because of all the things you said, not because Brook Lopez is out for the year.

        I will say though. If the Nets really are this years version of the Lakers from last season then there’s no way Boston wins the division. The Lakers were 45-37 last year. That winning percentage would be good for 3rd in the East right now. The Celtics are only on pace to win 36 games this year. I would not expect the Nets to being playing this poorly by seasons end (Brook Lopez or Not). There is a lot of talent and experience on that team. There are a lot of players on that team who are used to winning. Winners find ways to win. The Celtics are better off without KG and Paul Pierce right now, but they don’t have half the talent that the Nets do right now. If they can put it together it would still be pretty easy to win the Atlantic Division.

    • cruzan80 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      LOL! No “tcclark” thank YOU for the laughs!

    • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      7th highest PER this year and 5th highest last year. He’s the best player in that team by a country mile. If you don’t see that you just don’t know basketball dude.

      • tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        If you’re going to rely on PER only to judge players you don’t know basketball dude.

        Anybody can look at some numbers and see who has the highest number and the lowest number. If we’re looking at just PER Isaish Thomas is the 3rd best point guard in the NBA and Jordan Hill is the 18th best player in the NBA.

        PER doesn’t take into account things like positional value or defensive positioning. It focuses solely on stats. Brook Lopez is a great fantasy basketball player but from a positional value stand point he’s not a great center. His defensive abilities are non existent outside of the 1.8 blocks he contributes, which is pretty misleading. He only averages 6 rebounds per game which is awful for a guy his size, and his game is soft on both ends of the floor. The Center is supposed to be the anchor of the defense and his team is giving up 102.5 points per game which is second worse in the eastern conference.

        Lopez has a high per because he puts up great numbers for a small forward. He scores, he gets some rebounds, he blocks some shots, he doesn’t turn the ball over much, but at the end of the day, He’s not a small forward. He’s a center. He needs to be stronger inside. Defend the post better, fill rotations better, clear the glass better. I mean he only averages 3.7 defensive rebounds per game, which is good for 105th in the NBA behind players like Lance Stephenson, Victor Oladipo, and John Wall.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        No ones only looking PER, but as a quick summary of a players performance it does the trick. I think everyone would make the argument that Lopez needs to crash the boards and get more physical in the paint on D, but he’s still the best player on that team, and I don’t know who else you can make an argument for.

  7. johngalt1783 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Lopez spent the summer walking hundreds if not thousands of miles in a walking boot he was wearing after last season’s surgery. Those boots are not designed for that.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Guess he never heard of flip-flops.

  8. ningenito78 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    No chance to win the Atlantic? Why? The Celtics are going to run away and hide?

  9. pfic15 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM


    • tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      for what? a 2027 first round draft pick? They have no assets.

    • minnesotablizzard - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      KG and McHale reunited?

  10. maracineanu16 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Although I am a Bulls; fan, but I hate hearing this. Get well big fellow

  11. ndrick731 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Hockey players break a foot and they miss a month. BB players miss the rest of the season. Grow a pair.

  12. mungman69 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Who has the Nets’ draft pick?

    • ripcitymacine - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      The Hawks have it because of the Joe Johnson trade

      • bougin89 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        The Celtics own the Nets pick. The Hawks have the right to swap picks before the pick goes to the Celtics.

  13. csbanter - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    What could’ve been ? This is why its useless to figure out who will win the NBA championship in October. This is like Yao and Ilgauskas injuries. Lopez seems like a good dude. So many NBA careers are being cut short, Brandon Roy, D Rose, Michael Redd, Tmac, Greg Oden. Stinks.

  14. ji8888 - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Bahahah That’s what Brooklyn gets for being all cocky already crowning themselves champions.

  15. boondoo - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Call the Lakers about Chris Kaman, He could be had pretty cheap

  16. wwttww - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Atlanta will soon be the gold standard of the National Basketball Association.

  17. 00maltliquor - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    This kids made of glass I swear

  18. monkeyhateclean - Dec 22, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Why not just send drones to drop tactical nukes on the entire region that the Nets, Knicks, Pats, R-Sox, heck, any East coast city that has a sports team?

    Nuking the entire Eastern seaboard might have a couple negative consequences, but if we do it from orbit, we can blame China, and still be rid of all those terrible teams and their terrible fans. And ensure Tebow will never get picked up! So let’s do it!

  19. patsfan92 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    sadly i starting to think his career is going to go the way of Big Z

  20. chc4 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Worst part about this for the Nets is the Hawks have right to the Nets pick. And it’s not lottery protected so for the Hawks, this is big news.

  21. scalfor3 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    It’s quite possible Brooklyn traded a real good shot at Parker/Wiggins/Randle for Joe Johnson and Joe Johnson’s contract. That has the potential to go down as one of the worst trades in history.

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