Brook Lopez's new foot surgery doesn't alarm Nets GM Billy King
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brook Lopez's troublesome right foot needed more surgery, but general manager Billy King is unfazed by his All-Star center's latest medical procedure.
The Nets announced Monday that Lopez had a bent screw in his surgically repaired right foot replaced after their season ended. King couldn't say for sure when Lopez had the procedure, though he said the bent screw was first noticed on an X-ray after Lopez's postseason physical once the Nets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in May.
King said Lopez is expected to resume basketball activities in August and he's on track to be ready for the start of training camp, likely in early October. He maintained that Lopez never felt any discomfort and had no clue the screw was bent.
King said this was a proactive move. "For me, I don't have a concern level, because it wasn't something that he had pain with," he said after the Nets' predraft workout at the PNY Center. "It wasn't like it prevented him from playing."
Still, this latest surgery marks the third time in 17 months that Lopez had surgery on the foot. During the lockout-shortened season in 2011, he fractured his fifth metatarsal bone in December, then refractured it after returning in late February and playing in only five games.
Lopez also dealt with foot issues this past season, missing seven games with a mild sprain on the top of his right foot and experiencing a couple of other tweaks. He was able to shake it off, however, and turned in one of his best seasons, averaging 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds during the regular season and getting named to the All-Star team for the first time. Lopez also played well in the postseason, averaging 22.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in the seven-game series against the Bulls.
King laughed when asked if Lopez's surgery could affect the team's draft plans. "Nah, nah. There's nobody as good as Brook Lopez in the draft, either," King said. "We know the guys we want to have. Brook is going to be our starter, so I'm not concerned at all."
According to King, Lopez's injury is part of the reason he wasn't invited to the 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp, which will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas.
Notes & quotes: Jason Kidd is close to officially adding some assistants to his coaching staff, King said. "I think probably the next couple of days, we'll make some announcements," he said.