Brook Lopez will sit two more weeks through Friday, April 6th, the New Jersey Nets announced today. According to Colin Stephenson, the Nets discovered an additional line in Lopez’s broken right foot in a CT scan. Andy Vasquez adds that Billy King reports no pain in Lopez’s foot.
Lopez injured the ankle in his fifth game back from his first below-the-shinjury, after breaking his fifth right metatarsal in preseason.
Two weeks puts the timetable at April 6th, and even if he’s ready to return the next day, that’s only time for nine games before the end of the season. The Nets could bring him back, if only to experiment with the Deron Williams-Gerald Wallace-Brook Lopez tandem, but it similarly wouldn’t be surprising if the Nets just shut him down for the year. Since Lopez is a restricted free agent, it’s possible he’s played his final game for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets.
No matter what happens, this is a lost season for Lopez, a break in the plan that had him returning to form after battling the effects of mononucleosis during the 2010-11 season.