Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  7 responses

Avery Johnson Needs a More Aggressive Brook Lopez

Lopez‘s new coach has been less than impressed with the big fella’s recent performances, to say nothing of his body language. From the NY Daily News: “The Nets (2-4), who host Cleveland on Wednesday, fed Lopez the ball and got very little in return in Florida, except blowout losses and an empty feeling heading into the third week of the season. ‘Needs to improve,’ coach Avery Johnson said about Lopez’s body language in Saturday’s 101-89 loss to Miami, which alternated between mopey and frustrated. ‘These two nights are not nights we hope to have from him. We have to do a better job of getting him better shots. He has to be more aggressive. We’ll look at these last two games and he’ll bounce back.’ The 7-foot Lopez was short when talking about his performance in Miami, which included zero field goals after his layup with 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The dud followed his 10-point, 3-for-17 effort in Friday’s loss in Orlando, where Howard reinforced his standing as the top center in the league. ‘Not terrific,’ Lopez said.”

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  • NJ4Life

    Yea, Brook, what were you thinking getting a shiner from dwight’s elbow? Be a man. men do’t get bruised. they are impervious to dwight howard’s elbows. just ask courtney lee.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    I know that dude is young, and he’s got upside and all, but he needs to toughen up fast. NJ needs his aggressiveness, but I think more importantly they need a defensive presence down low. His rebounds are quite mediocre, and his D is suspect. He’s like a reverse dwight howard.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    really thot he would make a big jump this year and surprise alot of ppl but he basically hasnt improved any

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He’ll be fine.. Honorable mention- Keep an eye on his brother in Phoenix, Suns arent doing too well but Robin looks to have put in alot of work during the offseason..

  • jay

    he wants out…avery is anoyying

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Brook is a fantastic player and more of an offensive threat than Dwight already–if he puts his mind to it. His rebounding is sort of lacking though, and he needs to tighten up on defense. Looking forward to watching him develop though. All-Star this season?

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