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Brook Lopez has third surgery on right foot
Make that three surgeries on Brook Lopez's right foot.
The Nets announced Monday that their All-Star 7-foot center had a procedure done to replace a screw in his foot. Lopez, who signed a four-year, $60-million deal last offseason, is expected to be back on the basketball court sometime in August, which gives him plenty of time to get himself ready before training camp tips off in October.
“During the course of Brook’s postseason physical, our doctors found that the screw in his surgically repaired right foot had bent," GM Billy King said in a statement. "The screw was subsequently replaced, and Brook should resume basketball-related activities in August.”
Still, there has to be a little concern, given this recent procedure marks the third time in two years that Lopez had surgery on that same foot. During the lockout-shortened season in 2011, Lopez first fractured his fifth metatarsal bone in December, then re-fractured it after returning and played in just five games.
Lopez also had some foot issues this past season. In November, he was diagnosed with a mild sprain in his right foot and missed seven games. He had several other tweaks and near misses, making the Nets' fan base collectiely nervous each time.
Lopez averaged 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds during his breakout season and took things up another notch in the playoffs against the Bulls, pouring in 22.3 points and collecting 7.4 rebounds per contest in the Nets' first-round defeat.