The bad news for the Brooklyn Nets kept piling on in what has been a disastrous year for the New York franchise so far.
Following yesterday’s loss against the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime – a game they should’ve won if they had executed better defensively in crunch time – today the team got the news that star center Brook Lopez will be out for the reminder of the season with a broken foot, per NBA sources.
This news is as bad as it can get for the Nets. With an aging Kevin Garnett as his pairing in the middle, Lopez was the only reliable source to produce offense at the rim — and his numbers showed it. Despite not being the typical center that plays down low and near to the basket, Lopez did well enough to average 20.7 PPG and six rebounds this season.
No further details have been reported about the injury, and even though the timetable is not clear the only thing that has been informed is that the seven-footer won’t be able to return to the court this season.
Lopez’s absence through the reminder of the year will force Brooklyn to start Andre Blatche — a player who had been able to produce with limited minutes off the bench — but it remains to be seen if he can make things happen with an increase in playing time.
The injury news is definitely a big blow for the franchise and for Jason Kidd, who now will have to restructure his rotation with the loss of their star center. The Nets are already in a big hole this season based on their record, and the loss of Lopez will only complicate things further at the Barclays Center.