Brook Lopez is not going to return to the Brooklyn Nets during the 2013-14 NBA season. Lopez had surgery on his foot early in January to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, a procedure that will keep him out for the rest of the year. However, he had another procedure done at the same time.
Lopez had a procedure called a first metatarsal osteotomy done to the same right foot. The essence of the procedure is that it takes a bone in the foot and moves it to a position that will alleviate stress on the area of the foot that Lopez has had chronic injuries with over his career.
According to a report from Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York, Lopez is confident that the procedure will not only have him on the floor once again for the Nets, but should also allow him to stay on the floor more consistently in the future for Brooklyn.
The big man is on the verge of joining a relatively extensive list of big men throughout the history of the league who have had their careers cut short by foot injuries that have lingered. The osteotomy procedure, though, is the last-ditch possible cure-all for that happening, though. If Lopez can take some of the pressure produced by his big frame off of the problem areas in his foot, then that would hopefully nullify potential re-injury of the same area.
Prior to his injury, Lopez was the best player for the Nets this season. Though his injuries to his foot are still concerning, it’s great to see him committed to returning. In the interest of good basketball and young guys not having their careers cut short, let’s hope he’s able to live up to his word.