Brook Lopez was playing at an All-Star level for the Nets in the early part of last season, before a foot fracture (followed by multiple surgeries) sidelined him for the rest of the year.
Lopez was fully cleared for training camp participation, and averaged 18 points and 5.6 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per contest in three preseason appearances.
But his surgically-repaired foot is bothering him again, to the point where his availability for opening night has now come into question.
Brook Lopez might miss the next 10 days to two weeks with a soft tissue injury in his surgically repaired right foot, according to league sources.
The Brooklyn Nets center did not suffer a fracture to the foot, according to sources, which is very encouraging news for the team. But if Lopez needs more than 10 days to recover, the center’s status for the season opener at Boston on Oct. 29 could be in doubt.
The Nets, via official release, say that Lopez suffered a mild right midfoot sprain against Sacramento on Oct. 15, and that X-ray and CT scan studies revealed no fractures or bone injuries.
This throws a wrench into Brooklyn’s plans, at least for the next couple of weeks.
New head coach Lionel Hollins undoubtedly has been preparing a game plan that features Lopez prominently, and has worked to install a new system with the idea that Lopez would be firmly in place. There’s a bit of chaos now that needs to be sorted out, but if the preliminary diagnosis is to be believed, this is merely a minor setback that could very well be resolved by the time opening night is upon us.