Last season, the Brooklyn Nets suffered a major blow when they lost center Brook Lopez early in the season due to a broken leg. Since then, Lopez has been rehabbing and trying to lose some weight.
At the beginning of last season, Lopez came in weighing 290 lbs. The idea was to have him be stronger in the post. Following his broken leg, the mindset of Lopez and the Nets organization is much different.
While speaking to media at a Coca-Cola event at the Barclays Center on Wednesday, Lopez revealed some information about his current health status. He said he has now dropped down to “just under 275 lbs.” (via Reed Wallach of NetsDaily)
Maybe the most encouraging part for Nets fans and the organization was Lopez revealing that he started running last week and that there is “no question I’ll be ready for the start of the season.”
The weight loss may hurt Lopez when it comes to posting up opponents, but it could also help his conditioning and, most importantly, reduce the risk of him re-injuring his foot.
The Nets need Lopez on the court for obvious reasons. He can as well as any other center in the league and can alter shots defensively. Under new head coach Lionel Hollins, he will be relied on heavily to provide scoring on the offensive side and to be a key component in the team’s defensive scheme.