NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s enough to make Nets fans shiver.
Center Brook Lopez has suffered yet another setback in what has been an injury-plagued career.
But this time around, it’s not expected to cost him any time on the court.
“During the course of Brook’s postseason physical, our doctors found that the screw in his surgically repaired right foot had bent,” general manager Billy King said in a statement. “The screw was subsequently replaced, and Brook should resume basketball-related activities in August.”
The hope is that Lopez will be back to 100 percent by the time the Nets being training camp in October.
The 25-year-old fractured that foot twice during the 2011-2012 campaign. He played in just five games in the franchise’s last season in New Jersey.
The surgery is the third for the former first-round pick in less than two years.
Lopez remained healthy for the vast majority of this past season, missing just seven games with a sprained foot. Brooklyn maintained that the injury was unrelated to the 7-footer’s prior issues with his right foot.
The fifth-year player put it all together for Brooklyn in 2012-2013, earning his first All-Star selection. He averaged 19.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game. He shot 52 percent from the field.
Brooklyn signed Lopez to a four-year, $61 million contract on July 11, 2012.
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