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Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 am  |  24 responses

Brook Lopez Working to Become a Better Rebounder


Brook Lopez is healthy and motivated, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll continue to be a poor rebounder. Right? Right?! Lopez says that his reputation on the boards will soon change, and the Brooklyn Nets certainly hope that’s the case. Per the NY Daily News: “Deron Williams said Lopez has been unfairly labeled because of circumstances. The Nets have been one of the worst teams in the league since drafting him 10th overall in 2008. ‘He’s been on bad teams and he was hurt all last year. So when those things happen people forget about you people write you off,” Williams said. ‘People start labeling you a certain type of player. Brook has been going strong, he has been going after every rebound in practice. I expect a big year from him.’ The big knock on Lopez has been his rebounding, which dipped to six per game in 2010-11. [Avery] Johnson said he’s pushing Lopez to increase his rebound attempts, which was apparent at Thursday’s training camp session — ‘if you see him in the scrimmage, he went to the offensive glass more times than he did the first season I coached him,’ Johnson said. Lopez said he’s tired of hearing about his rebound numbers, and has been eager to do something about it. ‘(The criticism) has been happening for about two years,’ Lopez said. ‘It was really a focus last year. It was really a focus in preseason. I was making an effort to get to the glass more, get inside and get to glass. Unfortunately I got hurt so I didn’t get a chance to test that out too much. So I’ve constantly been working on it since I got hurt until now.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    very frustrating guy, 7 feet and doesn’t rebound well at all. humphries does and crash can as well, if the guards help out maybe it evens out

  • spit hot fiyah

    very frustrating guy, 7 feet and doesn’t rebound well at all. humphries does and crash can as well, if the guards help out maybe it evens out

  • zogs19994

    THIS DUDE PLAYED 5 GAMES LAST YEAR
    DROPPED 39 IN ONE OF THEM

  • danpowers

    id so laugh my ass off if brook would actually bring a 20-10 season having shaq sitting there smiling ear to ear “in yo face dwight, in yo face!”

    unfortunately: just not likely to happen

  • bike

    He doesn’t need to work on rebounding anymore now that Shaq says he’s better than Dwight.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    If only he spent the summer taking rebound lessons from Amare…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Why? Shaq thinks he’s already the 2nd best center in basketball.

  • mike

    38 on the Mavs, 29 on the Celtics. He’s gonna have a great year.

  • mike

    you’re taking it out of context – shaq said that lopez and bynum are classic big men. Whereas dwight is a pick and roll player. He’s right – but Lopez or Bynum isn’t better than Dwight.

  • markorsomething

    So was he trying to be a bad rebounder for the last couple years…?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Just hope this dude stays healthy

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Don’t understand. This dude is seven foot and averages 7.7 rebounds. There is no excuse. Rebounding comes down to positioning and wanting the ball more than the next guy.

  • LakeShow

    Why go after Amare when you have “Bargs” in Toronto to make fun of?
    Just too easy huh?

  • zogs19994

    OOOOHHHHH
    IM SORRYYYY “38″ OOHHHHH
    FUCK YOU

  • mike

    Emotional problems much?

  • RKJ92

    LOL Zogs kills me, YA FUCK YOU MIKE!!

  • mike

    Yeah it’s really funny to curse someone out over the internet, but you would never have the balls to do it in person! Hilarious!

  • http://twitter.com/Vainy_ Sylvanus

    Working on his rebounding at 7 feet tall lol

  • daBIZ

    WHAT? Dwight is (and isn’t) many things, but the man absolutely scores from the post; he drops baby hooks from both hands, effectively turns to both shoulders, and his drop step is dominant. Of course, he looks robotic when he does those moves but that’s not the point. The point is: He literally scores more per post possesion than any other center in the league. It’s just a fact. Shaq isn’t right; he’s petty.

  • daBIZ

    I think that’s one of the reasons his rebound numbers are so low — Humpdash absolutely cleans glass! I imagine it’s hard to avg 10 boards when your teammate is grabbing 12 per.

  • Vince

    Soooo Lopez is frustrated with people bringing up his rebounding numbers? Mate, you’re 7 foot and starting, the glass should have your name all over it. I hope he gets his act together, he is a beast offensively but he needs to tweak his game.

  • zogs19994

    STOP CRYING BITCH

  • mike

    Yeah well FUCK YOU TOO, BUM ASS BITCH!

  • L Dribble

    Exactly – he averaged 8.9 boards per game before Humphries came along. And Wallace is a good rebounder as well – he’s the loser of a zero-sum game.

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