Brook Lopez broke his foot in December, before the season. After just five games, he sustained an ankle injury, and that was the season. He re-signed with the Nets during their shopping binge on a four-year max deal that will pay him over $12 million each year for the duration of the contract.
Training camp starts in a month.
He is still not completely healthy, but he’s pretty close.
Lopez is on the NBA’s tour of the Philippines, and on Friday, talked about his condition:
“I’m probably around 90-percent okay but I’m pretty sure I’ll be back in full shape entering the NBA season,” said Lopez
via Brooklyn Nets ace graces NBA 3-on-3 – The Philippine Star » News » Sports.
You’d sure like to hear that Lopez is back to full condition, given how long he’s been away and the money signed to him. Even with Lopez’ issues with rebounding and defensively, his offensive load is going to be pivotal for the Nets’ hopes of winning the Atlantic. But 90 percent with two and a half months before the start of the season is more than enough time for him to get that extra 10 percent down and be ready to rock when the Knicks come to the new house.
But as long as the words aren’t “totally healthy,” there will still be one eye kept on Lopez and his health.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.