The season hasn’t even started yet and Brook Lopez has another foot injury. The Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King announced late Thursday that Lopez has suffered a “mild right midfood sprain” and is expected to miss 10 to 14 days.
“Brook Lopez experienced right foot soreness after being stepped on during the pre-season game against the Kings Wednesday night,” Nets Medical Director Dr. Riley Williams III said in a statement. “X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries. Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days.”
Lopez is still recovering from his fourth foot surgery that caused him to miss most of last season. The good news is that it is considered mild and that he still has time before the season starts. The bad news is that it seems that there is nothing he can do to keep his foot healthy. Expect the Nets to be cautious with Lopez and potentially sit out the first game or two of the season.
Foot injuries have plagued Lopez throughout most of his career. After playing in all 82 games during his first three seasons in the NBA, Lopez missed all but five in 2011-12. He missed a little bit of time again in 2012-13, but last season he only played in 17 games before he suffered another serious foot injury.
When healthy, Lopez has always been a force for the Nets. In those 17 games last year, he averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes. He was their most consistent offensive weapon before he went down. For the Nets to do well this season, they are going to need to be able rely on Lopez and not worry that he might get hurt at any minute. Hopefully this is just a minor setback.