After Brook Lopez met with orthopedists yesterday to decide when he would be able to resume practicing and basketball activities, he was back on the practice court at the PNY Center in New Jersey today. Lopez only played in 5 games for the Nets last season due to a foot injury he suffered in the preseason, and then another foot injury 5 games after he returned. He was very impressive in a few of those games, scoring as many as 38 points. Many believe that Lopez could have come back in the regular season if the Nets were in a playoff race, but the Nets didn’t want to risk Brook re-injuring his foot if he returned too early. For this reason, it is not a surprise that Lopez is back only a day after meeting with orthopedists. If Brook is not 100% already, he should definitely be by opening night next season.
Obviously, this is good news for the Nets and Lopez. If orthopedists are letting him practice in May, his foot is close to healthy and he should be ready to play 82 games next year as he did in his first three seasons in the NBA. Lopez is a restricted free agent this year, so the Nets are not guaranteed to have him next year, although he is likely to resign with the team. He is also rumored to be involved in a trade for Dwight Howard.