Carlesimo regrets late Lopez benching

P.J. Carlesimo, Brook Lopez

P.J. Carlesimo, Brook Lopez
All-Star Brook Lopez. (AP)
According to the New York Daily News, Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo is upset with himself for routinely benching All-Star center Brook Lopez in the fourth quarters of games, calling it “not a good situation”:

“This situation, I created the situation and it’s not a good situation. I worry about it that I need to address it and I worry about it that I need to watch what I do going forward. I don’t worry about it that Brook will let it bother him or Brook will hold a grudge or anything like that.

Lopez has sat the entire fourth quarter in three of the past four games in favor of backup center Andray Blatche, save a few seconds in one of those games. Lopez is averaging 30.3 minutes per game on the season, down from his career average of 34.1 before this year.

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