Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  5 responses

Brook Lopez Appreciative of Avery Johnson’s Criticism

Brook can handle the constant heat from his coach; in fact, he welcomes it. From the Star-Ledger: The coach detailed the reasons why Lopez’s rebounding numbers aren’t higher; criticized him for making mistakes in big spots, and called out Lopez and fellow co-captain Devin Harris after the loss in Sacramento, when he said the team needed better leadership from within the locker room. It’s all part of his plan of holding players accountable, Johnson explained Monday after practice at their East Rutherford facility. ‘I think they don’t take (criticism) well when it’s not the truth, or they don’t take it well when you’re in a certain type of angry voice every day, all day,’ Johnson said. Lopez said he doesn’t mind Johnson’s criticisms or his one-on-one video sessions. ‘It’s good,’ Lopez said. ‘It means he cares. Every time I think I’ve improved a little, or covered what he told me to do, he always gives me something new. He just helps me to always improve in every area.’ Lopez acknowledged he had an up-and-down road trip.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I’m a little disapointed with Brook too. Thought he’d open with a bang this season. But this is good news for their team.

  • riggs

    the team still doesnt have a style yet (or a real face of the team) so it’s going to be an uphill climb for them the whole season.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Lopez is a smart guy, had some great games in the first week; he’ll get it together.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Good response from Brook – that’s exactly the way he should be viewing the critique. That said, Avery does tend to micro-manage a lot.

  • Shem

    When you have bigmen as talented and fundamentally sound as Derrick Favors and Brook Lopez, your team has already got a good core. Both bigmen have nice size and can make shots around the rim effectively. I think Terrence Williams is an effective SF with a boatload of potential so I just think they have to work on the backcourt and depth. Harris is good but it would be better to get more of a distributor and a high caliber scoring sg. Darren Collison, Carmelo Anthony, Terrence Williams, Derrick Favors, Brook Lopez is a team i’d love to watch.