Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd and general manager Billy King watched a half-dozen draft prospects today — including potential draftee Tim Hardaway, Jr. — but the major topic of discussion today had nothing to do with what the Nets might do with their 22nd pick.
After the workout in the PNY Center, King spoke about Brook Lopez’s recent surgery, replacing a screw in his right foot that the team found had bent during his postseason physical. It is the third surgery Lopez has had on the foot since first incurring a stress fracture on December 23rd, 2011, and it’s put him in a walking boot for the second time since November.
King seemed unperturbed by the news. “I don’t have any concern over it, because it wasn’t something that he had pain with. It wasn’t like it was preventing him from playing. … Just take it out and put a new screw in so that something doesn’t happen later.
“He was pain-free, so he didn’t even notice it was bent until the x-rays were taken.”
Lopez missed just eight games due to injury this season (a mild sprain on the top of his right foot), and had a career season, averaging 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game, shooting 52.1% from the field.
More from the workout: according to Rod Boone of Newsday, King added that MarShon Brooks will not be on the team’s summer league roster.
Asked Billy where MarShon fits into #Nets plans: "MarShon is not going to be in summer league. It's up to him. It's always been up to him."
— Rod Boone (@rodboone) June 24, 2013
Sports Illustrated — Nets’ Lopez has screw in right foot replaced
New York Post — Lopez has another surgery on foot; Nets GM not concerned