One major reason for Brook Lopez’s surge: his newfound strength. Lopez weighed in at practice yesterday at 280 pounds, the heaviest he’s been in his career. It’s a weight increase that’s exclusively muscle mass, according to Nets trainer Jeremy Bettle.
Lopez weighed in at 256 pounds in the NBA’s predraft measurements, and he says he was 265 pounds at some point in his rookie season. Whether it’s 15 or 24 extra pounds of muscle, the point remains — that’s a lot of added strength on his frame, and it’s helped him have the best season of his career.
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