The Brooklyn Nets were one of the biggest stories in basketball at this time last year, a team that had spent like never before and believed it had built a title contender. They didn’t get close.
The league seems content to take as much of the fans’ money as fast as they can, even if it means more performances by understudies in lieu of marquee attractions like Brook Lopez.
The Nets said Thursday that X-rays and a CT scan revealed no fractures or bone injuries. Brook Lopez missed most of last season after breaking the foot Dec. 21.
At least Deron Williams isn’t returning to the U.S. in a walking boot. He survived the trip, which is all the Nets want from him out of this preseason.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points in his return from an injury-shortened season, and Deron Williams also had a strong return from surgery in the Brooklyn Nets’ 111-94 victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday night.
Assuming they stay healthy — and that’s a pretty big assumption given their medical history — the Nets will revolve around the quartet of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett.
You should ignore all the pundits’ predictions of a down year. There’s plenty of good basketball for Nets fans to look forward to — even if most of the country won’t see it.
Here’s my prediction as to who will and who will not be members of the Nets when the 2014-15 season tips off in late October.
These are the Nets we expected to see when they made all that fuss over the summer, even if it took a heartbreaking injury to their All-Star center to get them there.
All-Star center Brook Lopez who was averaging a team-high 20.7 points, will miss the remainder of the season and the Nets expect him back for offseason workouts.
The trade was proposed before Brooklyn’s center suffered a foot injury that ended his season prematurely. Lopez will undergo surgery to fix the fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Saturday.
GM Billy King said that the Brooklyn Nets are disappointed by the latest injury to Brook Lopez, but are not in panic mode. Lopez fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.
Brook Lopez’s broken foot might not be a death knell for the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets said Saturday that Brook Lopez was hurt during its overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday and the team would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors.
There are no excuses this time. Not injuries, coaching, the refs. This one was all about one team outworking the other. Washington was hungrier and ate the Nets for dinner.