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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Nets shut down Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young for remainder of season

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The Brooklyn Nets absolutely cannot wait for this miserable season to be over.

According to a report by Devin Kharpertian of YES Network on Sunday, the team has decided to shut down frontcourt duo Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young for the remainder of the year.

Lopez, 28, finishes the season with averages of 20.6 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Young, 27, concludes it with averages of 15.1 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game. The tandem proved by far to be the two best players on Brooklyn this year.

With just five games remaining in the regular season, it may come as a surprise that the stinky 21-56 Nets took this long to make the shutdown official. But seeing as tanking wasn’t an option since they owe the Celtics an unprotected first-round draft pick this summer, there was little incentive for Brooklyn either way.

This news could serve as a positive development for Boston for the purposes of that pick since the Nets currently have the fourth-worst record in the league and are now just half a game ahead of Phoenix in the standings.

As for Brooklyn, the focus is now fully on the coming offseason as newly hired front office executives Sean Marks and Trajan Langdon will look to swing the fortunes of what has become perhaps the most dreadful franchise in the entire Association. It won’t be easy with an aging, mismatched roster and a dangerous lack of meaningful assets, but there’s nowhere else for the Nets to go from here but up.

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H/T ProBasketballTalk

Report: Brook Lopez escapes serious foot injury, not expected to miss time

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At 0-7 on the year, not in possession of their 2016 first-round draft pick, and with a roster full of bloated contracts, deficient veterans, and raw, low-upside youngsters, good news is hard to come by these days for the Nets. So the Brooklyn faithful will take it wherever they can get it.

After exiting the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, Nets center Brook Lopez has reportedly escaped a serious injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The seven-footer underwent X-rays on the troublesome right foot, which has required three surgical procedures over the years, and the results are said to have come back clean. Lopez is not scheduled to undergo any further testing and will not require an MRI. He is expected to return to action on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

The 27-year-old Lopez, still one of the top offensive centers in the league, is averaging 20.4 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, and 1.7 blocks per game on the young 2015-16 NBA season. He signed a three-year, $60 million extension over the summer to remain in Brooklyn, but his constant foot injuries have often put a damper on his NBA career.

Thankfully however, Lopez appears to have avoided a major issue this time around so Nets fans can exhale. Now the team can focus on the more pressing matters at hand, namely, why on earth Andrea Bargnani is a major part of their rotation.

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Robin Lopez throws epic shade at twin Brook for winning Player of the Week

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Brook Lopez on Monday received his second straight Eastern Conference Player of the Week award, which is a pretty nice honor. Unfortunately he had his smart aleck twin brother around to bring him down a couple of pegs.

Robin, whose Trail Blazers were in Brooklyn for a clash against Brook’s Nets later that evening, threw some epic (sarcastic) shade at his twin for winning the award.

“It’s amazing how far you can go with a crappy center,” Robin jokingly said of his twin via the New York Daily News. “I guess he fooled the NBA for a couple weeks at least.”

According to the Daily News’ Stefan Bondy, Robin wasn’t content to just pick on his brother’s hoops game. He even jabbed his brother’s hairstyle.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” Robin said of his brother’s hairdo, which is starting to replicate Robin’s fro. “Even though he obviously can’t quite pull it off with the charisma. He can always dream. He can aspire.”

The brothers had a few bets going to “spice things up” for the game, ranging from who would dunk on whom (Brook has won that in the past) and who would score more points.

As far as his comments about his brother go, they’re hilarious and pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Robin. After all, he had us in tears with his response to the Khloe Kardashian dating rumors.

Lance Stephenson, Brook Lopez part of potential 3-team trade

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The Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets are in talks about a 3-team trade that would involve Lance Stephenson and Brook Lopez, according to a report.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard says the three teams are discussing a trade that would send Stephenson to his hometown team the Nets, Lopez to OKC, and Jarrett Jack (from Brooklyn) and Jeremy Lamb (from OKC) to Charlotte.

Stephenson has not worked out in Charlotte as the team had hoped when they signed him to a 3-year, $27 million deal over the summer. Even as early as November there were reports about Stephenson being a problem for the Hornets. The Nets are said to be looking into whether or not he could be a fit for them.

Lopez, 26, is making $15.7 million this season and has a player option next year for $16.7 million. He is talented but has dealt with various injuries the past four seasons. Though the Thunder would improve with him on the team, the question is whether their money could be better spent elsewhere.

Jack, 31, has two years and $12.6 million remaining on his contract. Lamb has a $3 million club option on his contract next season.

Even if Lopez does not end up in Oklahoma City, it seems like he will be traded. The Nets have three max players on their roster in Lopez, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, and they are looking to trade two of the three.

Brook Lopez dunked on twin brother Robin Lopez (Video)

Brook-Lopez-dunk-on-Robin-LopezNo two players in the NBA are more familiar with each other’s game than Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez. Brothers who grow up together typically play sports against one another, but brothers who are the exact same age and grow up to be 7-feet tall probably take that to another level.

With that in mind, it’s safe to assume the Lopez brothers are accustomed to dunking on one another. On Tuesday night, it was Brook who stole the spotlight by throwing down on Robin during the Brooklyn Nets’ win over the New Orleans Hornets. As you can see, Brook found it pretty funny after the fact while he was sitting on the bench. Considering Robin is the twin who was terrified on Splash Mountain (photo evidence here), we’re not really surprised.

However, let us not lose sight of the fact that Brook was simply returning the favor. Three years ago when he was still with the Phoenix Suns, Robin cut through the lane and dunked on Brook. The brother who is clearly more talented and had the better career at Stanford (Brook) wanted no part of it.

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Brook Lopez said ‘you know’ 14 times in a three-question interview (Video)

Brook-Lopez-you-knowMost professional athletes have a hard time doubling as public speakers, but it is a part of their job description. The most overused phrase or filler among athletes who are being interviewed is “you know.” For whatever reason, this is the comfort zone for many people in pro sports when they’re standing in front of a microphone.

Brook Lopez took that to a different level a few weeks ago. At the beginning of the month, the Brooklyn Nets center conducted a quick interview with the YES Network a few hours after he was informed that he had been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. He was asked only three questions, but that gave him enough time to sneak the phrase “you know” into his answers on 14 separate occasions.

Someone had to have dared him to say “you know” as many times as he possibly could, right? We saw this NFL safety play the “meow” game on “SportsCenter” a few months ago, so you can’t say it hasn’t been done before. I hope that’s what happened here.

H/T Reddit

Shaq believes Brook Lopez is a better center than Dwight Howard

Anyone who follows basketball can tell you that Shaquille O’Neal is not a member of the Dwight Howard fan club. In fact, Shaq pretty much hates Dwight. Perhaps he is threatened by Howard’s talent and the fact that he is following directly in his footsteps by starting with the Magic and going to the Lakers. Whatever the case, O’Neal recently criticized Howard’s game once again and said he would take Brook Lopez over him as a center.

“We as players, we always watch people before us,” Shaq said during an NBA.com roundtable discussion last week, according to ESPN.com. “When I came in it was Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon, guys who played like true centers who played inside. What we have now are centers that are going to the European style, which is a lot of pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard, who’s a pick-and-roll player, some people say he’s the best center in the league, but me being an old-school center, I’m going to go with Robin Lopez and Andrew Bynum because they play with their back to the basket.”

Of course, Shaq was referring to Nets center Brook Lopez but said “same thing” when corrected.

“Like if you want to go to go to flash and dunking and the pick and roll, you gotta go with Dwight Howard,” he continued. “But me, the last true original dundaughta (slang for big timer), I’m going with Andrew Bynum and which Lopez? Brook. Brook Lopez.”

Yawn. I’m not a Howard fan by any means, but listening to Shaq toot his own horn while downplaying Dwight’s ability is exhausting. Whether it’s the fact that Howard has had to face less double teams or that the competition around the league isn’t as steep, Shaq can’t seem to stop patting himself on the back. And now he’s the original “dundaughta?” Give me a break.

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