According to Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King, all-star center Brook Lopez has had a bent screw in his foot replaced, but will be back well before next season begins. Here’s what King had to say today:
“During the course of Brook’s postseason physical, our doctors found that the screw in his surgically repaired right foot had bent. The screw was subsequently replaced, and Brook should resume basketball-related activities in August.”
It is unknown at what point in the season the screw in Lopez’s foot bent, but it didn’t seem to effect his play much. Some of his best games of the year came in the playoffs against Chicago.
This could have been a lot worse for Brook and the Nets. Lopez will not need to miss any time with this injury, which he first suffered in the preseason in 2011.
Also, this could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Nets. If Lopez was healthy, he would have went to Team USA minicamp this summer. Last season, players that played a lot during the summer suffered more injuries during the season.
Lopez has a history of foot injuries, so maybe it is better off that he just takes the summer away from basketball.