As many of you know, Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has a twin brother, Robin, currently a center for the Portland Trail Blazers. The two are a goofy duo: they were born on April Fools' Day (no, really) and have written both comic books and TV pilots together.

Friday morning, before Lopez broke his foot and was lost for the season, I asked him this question: if he was Robin's Secret Santa, and could get him anything in the world, what would he give his twin?

His answer, though predictably Lopezian, was something you'd never guess.
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Brook’s out. Now what?

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments


Brook Lopez

Where do the Nets go from here without Brook Lopez? (AP)

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has his biggest challenge yet. With no move imminent and a deep rotation, he's looking towards his bench to fill the enormous gap left by a broken foot to Nets center Brook Lopez, which will sideline him for the rest of the season. The loss is a crushing one; Lopez was the team's best scorer and rapidly evolving into a solid paint protector.

Garnett will stay in the starting lineup, but can play both power forward and center, giving the Nets a little flexibility.

So who will replace Lopez in the starting lineup?

I asked about a dozen contributors both from The Brooklyn Game and YES Network to look at five potential starting lineups the Nets could use, ranking them from 1st to 5th. What follows is the list, ordered by average ranking from 5th to 1st. You'll also see the highest, lowest, and most common ranking, as well as my ranking and a breakdown on the idea from either myself or Max Weisberg.

Additionally, there's a poll on the side. Let us know what you think by voting and commenting below.

Start Here: The 5th best lineup idea




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The Lopez Twins

The Lopez Twins (AP)

First, there was Hooper, the Detroit Pistons' mascot that the Lopez twins took turns beating up on last week.

As Robin put it the next day: “Of course I had to stick up for the family name,” said Robin. “He really should have thought twice before stepping to me … He was really throwing rocks at the hornet’s nest.”

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The Brooklyn Nets will rest Kevin Garnett Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, and Kidd had yet to announce an official replacement, calling it a game-time decision.

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Brooklyn’s Paradox

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments


Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

The Brooklyn Nets have big holes opponents can exploit. (AP)

On July 13, 2012, The Brooklyn Nets introduced "Brooklyn's Backcourt" at a lavish press conference, promising that good days were ahead for the brand-new Brooklyn Nets franchise thanks to the re-signing of Deron Williams and acquisition by trade of six-time All-Star Joe Johnson. One year and five days later, the Nets held a press conference introducing some more major pieces to their fold, including Hall of Fame forward Paul Pierce. With those three backcourt stars flanking Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez in the frontcourt, the Nets had visions of championship contention.

It hasn't exactly worked out that way.
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Michael Carter-Williams, Mirza Teletovic

Mirza Teletovic (AP)

Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic will make his first career start in place of injured Nets center Brook Lopez, moving Kevin Garnett to starting center for the first time this season.

"He was taped and ready to go, he tried," Kidd said of his star center. "The medical staff felt that he wasn't ready, and I think he had agreed to that too."

Teletovic shined in Friday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons, hitting a career-high five three-pointers, but Kidd said that Teletovic's start was predicated on his full season performance. "Mirza's played well for us."

This will be Lopez's second consecutive missed game after spraining his ankle against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Moving Garnett to the 5 means he'll likely guard Spencer Hawes, who's shooting a career-best 44.6 percent from three-point range. Even though Garnett's 37, he's one of the more mobile big men on the Nets, and he'll more willingly move out of the paint than Lopez. But the Nets will sorely miss their All-Star big man.


Brook Lopez, Tony Wroten, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes

Brook Lopez and Spencer Hawes will both have their hands full tonight. (AP)

Tonight's game may come down to the two biggest men on the floor -- if one of them even plays.
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Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce (AP)

Thank you for your continued support of The Brooklyn Game. Here's some Nets news and notes from around the 'net:
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via Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record:

Even if Lopez wants to play, he knows it's not up to him but the team's training staff. He has said before that he'd wanted to play in some games that the team eventually sat him in, and the Nets have been conservative with injuries so far this season.

The Sixers don't really have an answer for Lopez defensively, so if he does play, it'll be a huge leg up for the Nets' chances at winning.

The Nets have not officially listed Lopez's chances at playing yet today.

UPDATE: The Sixers will be without standout rookie Michael Carter-Williams for the seventh straight game. Not coincidentally, the Sixers have lost six games in a row since Carter-Williams last played. In 15 games, the surprising Carter-Williams has averaged 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and a league-leading 3.1 steals in 36.7 minutes per game, winning NBA Player of the Week in the first week of the season.



Joe Johnson

Who has the best fantasy basketball value in New York? (AP/Kathy Willens)

Close your eyes and imagine a landfill. I want you to envision all the foul smelling items you have disposed of recently mixed in: expired food, dead rat carcasses stuck in mouse traps, human vomit, and all the other wretched things left to never be seen again in those horrible places. Try and conceptualize what that odor might smell like if you were to accidentally take a whiff. Starting to get a good feel for what experiencing that horrible part of the Earth may be like?

Also, have you figured out where I’m going with this?

As disgusting as that landfill might appear, the state of basketball in the state of New York is ten times worse. Staring at the screen for more than a ten second period during a Brooklyn Nets game makes my temperature suddenly rise and a pain grow in my forehead. It actually makes me physically sick to watch that team. To be fair, the Knicks aren’t any better (their record is actually worse). I am not even a New York sports fan, nor from the state, so I can only imagine how the locals feel.

But just because they aren’t playing well doesn’t mean that there isn’t fantasy value to be had. Most of the time, bad teams present value in fantasy because other owners will overlook them or just avoid. Bad teams have a tendency to get blown out or just don’t have an entertaining brand of basketball to watch, so owning their players is no fun. We've talked about this on Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues. Considering the high expectations the Nets had coming into the season, I doubt you were able to acquire their players at a discount. The Knicks, on the other hand, were very superstar-heavy from the start. If you wanted someone on the team, you targeted Carmelo Anthony and if you whiffed on him, you could wait a long time for the next.

I wanted to find out which team holds the better fantasy value. So I will go position by position analyzing which team has the superior fantasy performer at each spot. For only then can we really determine which team is more of a fantasy landfill than the other. Here's what I found:

Start Here: Point Guard