Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez had surgery to replace a broken screw in his foot from a previous surgery this offseason and finally got his protective walking boot taken off last week. This week, Tim Bontemps of the NY Post caught up with Lopez to get the latest update on how his foot is feeling.
“I think I was more disappointed than anything,” Lopez told Bontemps about needing his third foot surgery in less than two years. “I wasn’t concerned. I was disappointed, but it was best to do it when we did it, in the week after the season, to give myself the most time to get back in shape and to get ready for the season.”
“I feel great,” Lopez added. “I have been getting in some weightlifting, getting shots up and everything is going well. I’m not fully working out. I’m not jumping or running or anything like that, but we have a good month-and-a-half just until training camp starts, so we’ll definitely be all right by then.”
It certainly is good to hear that Lopez is doing well. This sounds like it was relatively minor surgery compared to the previous two, but any foot surgery like this is a big deal. The good news is that with so much experience recovering from these, Lopez is probably smart enough to realize when he might be pushing himself too hard to come back.
Lopez said in an interview with me last week, and TyShawn Taylor confirmed it with me on Friday, that the Nets’ players are planning a pre-camp workout in order to get a head start on the season. There are a lot of new faces with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Andrei Kirilenko being brought in and with them comes big expectations. The team seems like they’re eager to get a jump on things to help fulfill some of those expectations.
“All combined into one, the direction our team has been moving in … I’m so excited for the season to start,” he said. “It’s really been unreal, and I’ve honestly found myself dreaming about working out in training camp and playing in games and everything. It’s really an ideal situation.”