Stein: Pau for Brook discussed

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments


ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets discussed a Pau Gasol-Brook Lopez trade before Brook went down with his foot injury last week.

He states:

Sources with knowledge of the discussions told that the Lakers did indeed engage the Nets earlier this month in some exploratory talks to see if Brooklyn had interest in such a swap. Sources say that the Nets balked at the idea when it was presented before Lopez's injury, but it's still noteworthy if it happened.

This trade would be ridiculous, even with Brook's injury. The Nets are trying to get younger, not older, and even if Brook's body is broken, Pau is not getting any better.

Please don't let this happen.

Brook Lopez to have surgery Jan. 4

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments


The Brooklyn Nets announced yesterday that Brook Lopez will surgery on his fifth metatarsal on January 4th.

Lopez broke the foot in last weeks lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. Billy King since announced that the center is out for the season.

The Nets stated that more details on the surgery will be forthcoming as is.

And we are all still depressed.


Luol Deng, Joe Johnson

Luol Deng Brooklyn-bound? (AP)

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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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