Brook Lopez couldn't even make it halfway through the preseason without suffering an injury to one of his feet, and now his availability for the season opener is in question.
The Nets announced that the 7-footer has been diagnosed with a mild right midfoot sprain and likely will be sidelined for the next 10 to 14 days, meaning he might play when the Nets tip off their third season in Brooklyn against the Celtics Oct. 29.
An X-ray and CT scan in New York on Thursday revealed no fractures or bone injuries, according to the team's release, which said Lopez started experiencing soreness after getting his foot stepped on Wednesday in the first quarter of the Nets' 129-117 overtime win over the Kings in China.
That's obviously not a good sign for a team whose success largely will depend on whether Lopez can remain healthy enough to play a full season for the first time since 2010-11.
It's just the latest foot ailment for Lopez, who's been working his way back from surgery on both feet, and no doubt is somewhat alarming, given Lopez's previous injury history. His most recent surgery took place in March, when he had a torn tendon repaired and lateral ligaments tightened in his left foot. That followed up his season-ending surgery to fix the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in December, which led to months of rehab.
He started playing in five-on-five scrimmages last month just before training camp and had averaged 18.0 points and 5.3 rebounds through the first three preseason games. He had 16 points and six rebounds in 21:28 on Wednesday.
But now Lopez will spend the better part of the last two weeks of camp mostly as a spectator, a potentially ominous sign for a team with so many injury concerns heading into the 2014-15 campaign.