Brook Lopez

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3:  Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against Perry Jones #3 and Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 3, 2014 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lopez Returns, Nets Lower The Boom On Banged-Up Thunder

Brook Lopez scored 18 points in his first regular-season game in about 11 months, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 116-85 on Monday night in their home opener.

11/04/2014

Brook Lopez signs autographs during the Brooklyn Nets' open practice on October 26, 2014 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)

Brook Lopez ‘Anxious’ For Return In Nets’ Home Opener

The 7-footer admitted he was eager after practice on Sunday, saying his delayed season debut feels “like Christmas.”

11/03/2014

Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams during the Brooklyn Nets' open practice on October 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Despite Question Marks, Nets Are Still A Playoff Team

I say 45-37 sounds about right to me–good enough for fifth place in the East. And I’ll set it even without an injury caveat.

10/29/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams, right, shoots against the Boston Celtics during a preseason game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 19, 2014. (Photo by Nat Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

SEASON PREVIEW: Nets Have Lower Expectations, But Plan To Contend

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.

10/21/2014

Brook Lopez

Lichtenstein: 44-Minute Games Won’t Solve NBA’s Injury Crisis

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.

10/20/2014

Brook Lopez has his right foot worked on prior to practice on October 5, 2014 at the Brooklyn Nets' practice facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Here We Go Again: Nets’ Lopez Out 10-14 Days With Foot Sprain

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.

10/17/2014

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets talks in the huddle during practice as part of the 2014 NBA Global Games on October 14, 2014 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 5 Takeaways From Nets’ Trip To China

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.

10/16/2014

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 7:  Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots the ball against the Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Barclays Center on October 7, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lopez, Williams Strong In Nets’ 111-94 Win Over Maccabi Tel Aviv

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.

10/08/2014

Alan Anderson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Have Their Core Four, But Who Will Take The Fifth?

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.

10/07/2014

Center court at Barclays Center (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Less Hype Doesn’t Mean Worse Viewing For Nets Fans

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.

08/14/2014

Paul Pierce #34 and Kevin Garnett #2 (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Postmortem — Who Will Be Back And Who Will Be Gone?

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.

05/19/2014

Athletic trainer Tim Walsh with Brook Lopez #11 (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Coincidence Nets’ Defense Has Improved Since Lopez Went Down

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.

01/21/2014

Brook Lopez (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Nets Center Brook Lopez Undergoes Successful Season-Ending Foot Surgery

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.

01/04/2014

Brook Lopez (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Report: Nets Turned Down Pau-Gasol-For-Brook-Lopez Offer

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.

12/30/2013

Brook Lopez (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

GM Billy King Says Nets Won’t Go Into ‘Panic Mode’ Following Lopez Injury

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.

12/22/2013

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