Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez‘s foot has always been a concern and that is true now as he has gone through yet another offseason surgery going into a season where the team has championship aspirations. That’s why it’s good to hear that he told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com that the foot is 100 percent healthy and that he’s ready for training camp.
Lopez made it through last season with minimal foot issues, no small task considering he missed pretty much all of the 2011-12 season with multiple foot surgeries. However, he had to have another surgery earlier this offseason because a screw that was put in his foot during a previous surgery had bent. Doctors replaced the screw and everything seems fine now.
All of the talk this offseason has been about the new players Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Andrei Kirilenko, but Lopez is at least as important as any of them. Unlike those players, he’s just entering his prime now, and he’s established himself as one of the best centers in basketball. He very well could be the Nets No. 1 option on offense this season too and will be an important cog even if he’s not the main guy.
The good thing about this team is that it has a ton of depth though. So if he is feeling sore from time to time, he can get a rest and Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans, or even Garnett could take over in the five-spot. The important thing is getting him and keeping him healthy for the playoffs.
Lopez averaged 23 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes with a 52.1 effective field goal percentage and a 24.7 player efficiency rating. He’s going to be expected to duplicate those numbers or better for the team to take a serious run at a championship.