Skip to content

Nets GM says loss of Brook Lopez didn’t help last season’s success

Aug 18, 2014, 9:55 AM EST

Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets Getty Images

Brook Lopez began the year playing at an All-Star level for the Nets last season, but the numbers he was putting up didn’t translate to very many victories.

Brooklyn was below .500 while Lopez averaged 20.7 points, six rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in 31.4 minutes per game, and ended up with a record of just 7-10 in his appearances, before he went down with a foot fracture that prematurely ended his season.

The Nets managed to turn things around beginning in January, and played well the second half of the season and through the first round of the playoffs — successes that all came with Lopez out of action.

Nets GM Billy King, however, doesn’t believe that the loss of Lopez contributed to his team’s success.

Without the low post scoring threat that Lopez was on a nightly basis, the Nets looked to Joe Johnson to carry more of the load offensively, and there’s no doubting the positive results.

But it’s hard to envision Brooklyn not improving by adding Lopez back into the mix, and new head coach Lionel Hollins has enough experience to figure out the right way to utilize him.

Latest Posts
  1. Rodney Stuckey says Pistons’ downward spiral began with Chauncey Billups trade

    Dec 27, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Chauncey Billups Chauncey Billups

    Stuckey says the trade robbed the locker room of accountability.

  2. Tobias Harris trash talked LeBron, then LeBron goes off, leads Cavs to win

    Dec 27, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Cleveland at Orlando Getty Images

    LeBron James was in “chill mode” and this team is vulnerable when he is.

  3. Rumor: Ray Allen leaning toward retirement, not return

    Dec 27, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    2014 NBA Finals - Game One Getty Images

    This option was always on the table for him, people around the NBA just never thought he’d choose it.

  4. Rumor: Heat to target Andray Blatche when he returns from Chinese team

    Dec 27, 2014, 7:59 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game One Getty Images

    He won’t be available until February or March, the Heat may not want to wait that long.

  5. Josh Smith makes Rockets debut, throws down two-handed dunk (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2014, 9:45 PM EST

    Josh Smith Josh Smith

    Hopefully there are more of these and fewer threes.

  6. Michael Jordan’s message to Kobe Bryant: “Go get Karl”

    Dec 26, 2014, 4:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota Timberwolves Getty Images

    At 25 points a game it would still take Kobe 182 games to catch Malone. That’s not likely.

  7. Carmelo Anthony on the Knicks: “The fans are dying, we’re dying”

    Dec 26, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks Getty Images

    Knicks fans are going to need to be patient, something New Yorkers have long been know for. *cough*

Featured video

Who will land Josh Smith?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Durant (9100)
  2. K. Bryant (7471)
  3. K. Martin (7061)
  4. J. Smith (7010)
  5. K. Leonard (6634)
  1. C. Bosh (6601)
  2. Z. Randolph (6441)
  3. T. Jones (6200)
  4. D. Williams (6168)
  5. T. Parker (5880)