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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 11:55 am  |  33 responses

Brook Lopez Says He Was a ‘Lazy’ Rebounder Last Season


Brook Lopez’s horrific rebounding numbers in New Jersey last season (just 6 boards per night for the 7-footer) were a result of pure laziness on the big fella’s part, claims Lopez himself. From the NY Post: “Lopez suffered from a horrid case of reboundophobia. He had nine double-doubles, his first not coming until his 19th game of the season. He heard it from coach Avery Johnson and Nets fans. The sun rose in the East, set in the West and Lopez was panned for rebounds you could count on one hand. It wasn’t even the lack of rebounds as it was a lack of trying. ‘The rebound attempts were low,’ said [head coach Avery Johnson], who believes Lopez can be a 20-point, 10-rebound guy with work and determination. ‘So this year, we’re watching him on film. If he gets the rebound, great. But, ‘Did you attempt to go for a rebound?’ In the first preseason game, Lopez did just that. He made a ‘conscious effort’ Saturday against the Knicks and snared 11 rebounds to go with 15 points and five blocks. If he put up those numbers last year, they would have renamed the arena in his honor. The 7-foot Lopez averaged 6.0 rebounds. Figure he should at least get his hat size. True, he was away from the basket displaying a solid touch, which led to a career-best 20.4 scoring average. And the theory career-year guy Kris Humphries was taking all available boards didn’t wash. ‘It was a number of things — I was being lazy, first and foremost,’ Lopez said. ‘Hump was doing such a good job a lot of the time, that I’d see him doing his thing and kind of leak out offensively. I didn’t really crash the offensive boards. There’s really no excuse for that because I didn’t leak out defensively at all. It’s just been a constant focus daily. And it does help keeping those rebound attempts.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    more or less horrible. But also Lazy. Extrememly Lazy. Basically Dead.

  • Jono

    Everyone says how he’s such an underrated player, that just shows how overrated he is. He’s at best an average center playing in a league where only Dwight Howard exsists.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    if u could combine him and his bro into one player that would be a nice hybrid

  • http://nba.com GP23

    And yet, people think the Magic are gonna trade Dwight Howard for this guy!

  • AD

    @jono no1 said he was underated he is avg 20 pts per game…… thats not bad at all…. all he has to do is work hard and he’ll get the rebounds… plus he is a way better free throw shooter than dwight depite saturday’s performance….. plus he block shots in bounds….. dwight is the better player and this trade will happen soon but lopez is no scrub.. he just lacks toughness at times.

  • http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hamilri01.html Allenp

    Nah, Brook can ball. Dude has a nice post game for real. He has all the moves, and now he has the jumper, plus he’s a giant. He’s a little finesse though, and of course the rebounding was just horrid. But, he’s not a bum. He has the talent and skillset to be right up there with Howard if he wants it enough. Which he probably doesn’t.

  • robb

    This guy is the most skilled center in the NBA, but yeah, he’s lazy. It’s a shame.

  • Dagger

    Well . . . he did have mono, and lost like 30 pounds. But good that he’s not giving himself any excuses.

  • T-Money

    brook lopez is not a bum. the rebounding thing was odd last year but he was at 9 boards a game two years ago. he has no real weakness in his game: he can post up, shoot the midrange, hit his free throws at 80%, he can block shots, run the floor, cover the pick n roll and he’s got legit center size. i would not give up on him at all, it’s avery’s job to find a way to motivate him. some players are self starters and some players need to be pushed. lopez clearly needs to be pushed but it’s the coach’s job to get the most out of his guys.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i dont care what humphries did, 6 boards a game from your 7’0 center is unacceptable

  • http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hamilri01.html Allenp

    I can’t believe the Wizards got Nick Young with only a one year deal. I think some teams slept on him for real.

  • burnt_chicken

    A child-size Spalding has more basketball IQ–deflated–than Nick Young. They weren’t sleeping. They were pretending to doze.

  • burnt_chicken

    It makes me cringe to read “rebound” in any combination with “Center” and “lazy”. You can’t teach height, sure, but you usually can’t teach tough either…

  • MUBWAR

    lopez is better than his brother but let’s be honest he is andrea bragnani part 2

  • MUBWAR

    …with some help D i might add

  • http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hamilri01.html Allenp

    Burnt Chicken
    Nick Young is an idiot savant.

  • T-Money

    allenp: i don’t think young is as good as you think he is. he’s certainly a good scorer but he is well below NBA average in every other aspect of the game. and finding a wing that can give you 17-18 pts on 42-44% shooting is one of the easiest thing to do. TONS of wings can give you that if you give them around 15 shots a game to work with. a bum liek al thornton gave you that when he was with the clips!

  • ab40

    funny how you say that mubwar when they both had double digit rebounds in their preseason games. btw winning solves everything Dirk’s career numbers are still 7 boards per game althought he did get over 10pg in the playoffs last year.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The man’s career high is 8.6rpg.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    MUDWAR: if Bargnani could score at a high percentage, score consistently in the post, defend (as you said) and rebound better. And block twice as many shots. They’re both tall and white, but their games are very dissimilar (although there’s still hope for Bargnani under Casey).

  • http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hamilri01.html Allenp

    T-Money
    You could be right.
    I just think Nick Young has a lot of talent, and needs somebody to help him harness it. I tend to gravitate towards players like that.
    When I look at his numbers and game, I think that with the right supporting cast and coaching, he could give you 20-22 points 3-4 boards and 2 assists on close to 40 percent from 3 and around 44-45 percent from the field.
    That’s a borderline All-Star right there in today’s NBA.
    Or, he could be a complete head case who bounces from team to team consistently clashing with coaches. It can still go either way.
    I think with steady minutes and good coaching he could a shock to some folks.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He’s the eastern conference version of JR Smith? Cuz that sounds about right, except he isn’t part of (or claim to be) a gang.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    shoot first, ask questions later gang?

  • http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hamilri01.html Allenp

    He’s a more complete score than J.R., to me.
    He knows how to use screens, he can go left, he doesn’t shoot as many wild threes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I believe JR Smith claims (or acts like he is, throwing up gang signs, the whole twitter fiasco thing, ect) to be a Blood.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    i’m with you allenp. 1 year, $3.7 mil is a bargain for an explosive scorer like him. he definitely needs a lot of mentoring though, and barely 1 assist a game is terrible

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

    Yeah, Lopez is legit. Minus the defense, he’s got a little bit of Tim Duncan in him. All he has to do is up his boards to 10 a game and he’ll rival Dwight in the East. In lieu of today’s dearth of true centers, I’m hoping he goes to work this season.

  • T-Money

    allenp: 2 assists might be pushing it lol. no but i see what you’re saying, nick young is a more complete scorer than jr but jr is a better offensive talent. he can actually dish the ball some and bring it up some. he just chooses to act a fool. and jr was on some valedictorian ish in high school, he’s all about that pretend life.

  • BBaller

    As an Employee who is expected to do certain things, imagine after receiving your million dollar pay coming out and saying i was lazy!!! It’s like a cleaner who said i was too lazy to clean that toilet, that employee would be fired instantly.Oh to be an NBA player.

  • BBaller

    I wish my employers would tolerate my laziness

  • http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hamilri01.html Allenp

    You need a better job. Because my employer tolerates mine. Lol.

  • JBoogie

    Scoring is nice don’t get me wrong, but I would take 12 boards a game over 17 points a game any day from my center.

  • trusoldier

    i think it is a waste that he is even in the league. there are more dedicated players in the d-league trying to get to where he is and he can go to the national press and claim to be lazy for his reason for not rebounding when he is 7 feet tall. give me a break

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