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Lopez (foot) played 5-on-5 Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery in March, the New York Daily News reports.
Lopez continues to work back from a broken foot and ankle tear that cut his season short after just 17 games. It was the second time in three seasons that he suffered a major foot injury, but he said recently that he feels better than ever and does not expect to be restricted. Of course, Lopez is a significant fantasy risk at this point, but when healthy he's arguably the top offensive center in the league. Prior to going down last season, Lopez was averaging a career-best 20.7 points to go with 6.0 boards and 1.8 blocks. He also shoots a high percentage from the field, as well as the free throw line.
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Lopez (foot) doesn't plan on having any restrictions this season, ESPN reports. "Like I said before, I'm not looking for any restrictions," Lopez said. "I'm confident I'm gonna be able to go out there and be better than I've ever been."
Lopez underwent multiple surgeries in January to repair a broken bone in his right foot and reposition another bone to give him better weight distribution in an attempt to make his feet more durable. He had previously broken the same bone in his right foot back in the 2011-12 season. Lopez has been working without restrictions since the beginning of August, putting him in position to be fully ready for the start of training camp. While it's great to hear he's doing well, his injury history makes him a risky pick in fantasy who often gets taken high in drafts due to his scoring ability and positional eligibility as a center. It may be worth taking a risk on Lopez in third or fourth round of standard leagues, but drafting him any earlier than that is too riksy of a play when there are several other options with healthy track records available. We're preaching caution when it comes to drafting players like Lopez and Derrick Rose early in drafts.
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Lopez (ankle) has been "fully cleared" to play, ESPN New York reports. "I was fully cleared for play and everything about a week and a half ago now," said Lopez. "Now it's time to get back in shape."
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Brook Lopez (foot surgery) has progressed to basketball-related activities and is "moving really well," according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
Lopez still isn't taking contact but this is a milestone in his recovery from ankle surgery in March and major reconstructive surgery in January. The Nets are likely to limit his minutes initially and the threat of another injury will loom over his season, so fantasy owners with weak stomachs should avoid him on draft day.
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General manager Billy King said the Nets will "gradually monitor" Brook Lopez's (foot) minutes next year.
"I think we're going to use Brook and go along with a medical plan to come up with a plan to get him back," King said. "Any time a guy comes back from injury, you don't just throw him out there so 'OK, he can play 42 minutes." His durability has been his biggest weakness, missing more than 60 games in two of his last three seasons. Interestingly, he played in all 82 games for each of his first three seasons. His risk factor will cause him to slide in fantasy drafts, but he could be a top-five big man as long as he stays healthy.
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Brook Lopez (foot) is out of his walking boot and was seen taking shots at Nets practice on Thursday.
Lopez had left ankle surgery in March in addition to reconstructive surgery on his right foot in January, which lowered his arch and shifted bones to redistribute his weight. It is encouraging news that he is out of his walking boot, and taking shots, but there is no indication that he will try and suit up for the postseason. He has missed an average of 50 games over the past three seasons and his injury problems make him an extremely risky pick in fantasy drafts, no matter how positive reports are about his rehab this summer.
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Brook Lopez had surgery on Mar. 3 to clean out his left ankle and repair a torn tendon.
He suffered a season-ending injury to his right foot, so this is a different issue entirely. Lopez's feet have kept him out of the lineup numerous times in his career and hopefully he doesn't have to deal with it much more in the future. He is expected to be ready for basketball activities in June and his surgeries shouldn't affect his status for the 2014-15 season opener.
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Brook Lopez (foot) isn't worried that his career is in jeopardy after three foot surgeries in two years.
Lopez is confident that he won't fall into the same category as other big men (Yao Ming, Bill Walton) who had chronic foot injuries end their careers. "I'm not scared at all," Lopez said. "I'm confident I'm going to get back on the court, and I'm going to do everything I can. There's no doubt in my mind I'll be back on the floor playing with my guys." While Lopez won't help fantasy owners this season, he is expected to shed his crutches within the next month and be ready for the 2014-15 season.
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Brook Lopez's reconstructive foot surgery lowered the arch in his right foot, and he admitted that learning to adjust his gait may be difficult.
The surgeons shifted around bones to change the way Lopez's foot bears weight, a bold approach necessitated by the fact that the 25-year-old center has had four surgeries on his foot in the past three years. He's expected to be ready for training camp and when he does return he'll wear a custom-molded shoe.
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Brook Lopez (foot) gave his first quotes since his January 4 operation, and is optimistic about his return.
"It's going to work, I'm definitely thinking that way." It's good to see the big man thinking positively, however this is the forth procedure he has had on his right foot in the past three years. The surgery Brook had is the same surgery that "saved Zydrunas Ilgauskas' career" so there's some hope that he can put his foot woes behind him. We'll be monitoring his comeback trail closely, and pass along updates as they become available.