Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez was in New Zealand over the weekend with Steven Adams, the 12th overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder, to help run a coaching clinic in Wellington.
They were there to help younger players, but while they were there Lopez helped to impart some knowledge on Adams, a native New Zealander.
“It’s a great story and an inspirational one,” Lopez said of Adams to Sam Worthington of the Brisbane Times. “Personally the toughest thing to adapt to [in the NBA] was just the overall speed of the game. Coming out of college, when you watch the game on TV it looks very slow, thought out and methodical but then you get out on court and everything’s happening instantaneously and you have to make split second decisions. That was a bit of an adjustment for me but I think Steven will be doing great for the most part. He’s a coachable guy.”
Lopez has had a busy summer for a guy who has spent most of it in a protective walking boot following his third foot surgery in two years. He started it off on a family cruise, then spent some time with Bill Clinton in Africa. Then there was this New Zealand trip and now he’s in California with most of the rest of the team taking part in a player’s only practice session.
Hopefully none of this will affect his foot, which I doubt it will. This latest foot surgery was relatively minor compared to the first two as they needed to repair a screw that had bent. He’s expected to be ready by training camp.