Bad news for the Brooklyn Nets, who are still recovering from Jason Kidd-as-new-headcoach hangover: It was announced on Monday that the Nets’ star center Brook Lopez had surgery to replace a bent screw in his already surgically repaired right foot.
So what does this mean for the Brooklyn Nets? Well, first, because of this recent surgery, Lopez will be out of basketball activities at least until August. But this has to concern Nets higher-ups that their big man is having yet another surgery on his troublesome foot. It means that his foot isn’t stable and there’s a high possibility that it can get re-injured at any time—but I’m no doctor.
The Nets discovered the bent screw during a postseason physical, but the center still participated for all the first-round games against the Chicago Bulls.
Lopez originally had the surgery back in 2011 to repair a non-displaced stress fracture, and because of it, missed 32 games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season. But Lopez came back prepared and better than ever the following season (2012-13), averaging 19.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
He stepped up for his team in the postseason, averaging 22.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.0 blocks per game, but his efforts fell short and the Nets lost a hard-fought series to the Bulls in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs.
Lopez has some time to recover from his surgery before the start of the 2013-14 NBA season; the Nets need him back at 100 percent, so they will be monitoring him. The way he performed this past season, it’s something the franchise can build on.