Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 11:07 am  |  47 responses

Brook Lopez Will Reportedly Miss Rest of Season With Broken Foot


Brook Lopez will miss the rest of the ’13-14 season with a broken right foot (fractured fifth metatarsal), according to multiple reports. It’s the fourth time in three years that Lopez has suffered a broken foot:

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  • i_ball

    The East just got even worse. Who has New Jerseys picks?

  • Smits#45

    The season of injuries…

  • Vince

    Wow, Nets can’t catch a break.

  • ATL dynamite

    Hawks and Nets can swap picks in 2014 and it’s an unprotected term. As a fan I hate seeing injuries but my evil on the other side keeps making me smirk

  • swissflix

    Actually the Celtics do, but ATL has the right to swap them. So they must be dancing now.
    It would be smart to blow up that Brooklyn team now.

  • swissflix

    the franchise of injuries!

  • swissflix

    and as a Celtic fan i just hope Al Horford catches a nasty cold over xmas that lasts until let’s say the end of April

  • Myung

    I hate seeing guys get hurt, BUT… this is good news for the Hawks.

    Brooklyn has the 7th worst record in the NBA at 9-17.

    We get to swap first round picks with them in a loaded draft.

    And now they’re only going to get worse.

    We’re in that rare position where we could try to make a deep Playoff run AND still get a lottery pick.

    We got to dump Joe Johnson’s terrible contract on them, AND Brooklyn agreed to swap picks with us? And I thought Billy Knight and Pete Babcock were bad GM’s.

    How does Billy King still have a job?

    This one guy helped resuscitate the Hawks (Joe trade), Blazers (Lillard trade), and Celtics (KG/Pierce trade) while constructing the NBA’s 2nd oldest roster (and HIGHEST PAID… and easily the most underachieving team of the season).

    Good job, Billy King. You are the man.

    PS. We also get to swap picks with them in 2015, so next season, we can root against Brooklyn again!

  • i_ball

    They have so many bad contracts. I don’t see it happening. KG, JJ and the Truth are overpaid, Deron should be the face of the franchise, Lopez is injured now. I don’t think any team would want to take one of those contracts and they can’t get much for their bench players…

  • Will Lee

    Same fate as Yao Ming. Big strong man injury. No more centres in the nba

  • Drig

    So the Bulls and the Nets are now worse than the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State, Minny and Denver and yet they are in the POs……

    The East – Where Tanking is tougher than #1 seed…..

    ( I’m bitter )

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Time to trade everyone…. Dwill included

  • Ernie D

    Lopez is damaged goods – I knew that he would have a hard time staying healthy, because he breaks down every season. Now Brooklyn has to rely on KG even more, but he is only averaging 20 minutes a game, and can’t play back-to-back contests. Pierce is playing great ball, and might even make the All Star team if he keeps it up. But it’s fair to say, KG is probably in his last season, and the Nets should seriously think about finding a taker for Joe Johnson’s contract. Problem is, their owner is likely too prideful to think about tanking, and wouldn’t know how to go about it if he wanted to.

  • spit hot fiyah

    wow, unless Dwill goes crazy and finds his old form this team is totally done

  • spit hot fiyah

    thanks billy king


    Can this team catch a break? Lol guess not

  • KingBenjamin

    He’s got those Sam Bowie feet. It’s hard to see him come back from this injury and be the same player he was considering that he’s had issues with his feet in the past. These kind of feet injuries are career ending for big men, look at Yao Ming and Sam Bowie, wish Lopez the best of luck with his recovery.

  • ATL dynamite

    Detroit. 2003 2nd pick. That’s where we are heading to bro!!! (Not a Darko experiment all over again tho please)

  • ATL dynamite

    We only took away a higher draft place, BK took away your KG and PP. You should hate BK rather than us haha

  • brothasdontsurf

    So the Hawks are going to get a top pick, they have a Spurs guy running the team, and they only have to worry about the Heat and Pacers in the East?! Mannnnn

  • pposse

    its cause of the style of play the nba promotes nowadays

  • Millertime

    Rik Smits 2.0

  • Max

    13, 5 and 3 on 42 % isn’t going to get you an allstar nod lol

  • Max

    It’s not really like Yao and Brook Lopez are doing crazy stuff.
    They’re both just really really big and those ankles/feet/knees can’t hold all of that.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i agree up tempo game not. many teams don’t hold on to the half court sets anymore.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Man i wish demarr johnson woulda panned out with the hawks.

  • pposse

    I remember the utah jazz announcer kind of discussing the issue from his perspective. For what its worth he was saying something along the lines of how injuries back in the 80s and 90s (presumably when he started broadcasting) were more rugged and more like wear and tear type injuries as opposed to nowadays these injuries are catastrophic. Id be interested in a study done as to why this is happening. I was young back then but i swear i don’t remember centers going down like flies back then.

  • Ugh

    How? It’s not like the centres in the NBA actually run more now than they used to. The pace is not especially high compared to the total history of the NBA. Looking at centres who have lost careers to injuries, neither Yao nor Lopez are as good as Bill Walton was, for example, and it’s arguable that both were about as good as Brad Dougherty, who is largely forgotten today. But they are stand-out centres in today’s NBA, which makes them seem a little more tragically great than they really are.

    A broken foot can be caused by any number of things – poor childhood calcium levels, insufficient stretching leading to strain, undiagnosed stress fractures from past trauma. Most probable co-contributing factor is that these guys are both over 260lbs – the structure of the human foot isn’t well designed enough to carry massive loads like that, especially when you consider a landing from a high vertical leap can create a 5x body weight load displaced through those skinny little bones.

  • pposse

    i thought that too but most people on this site anyways agree that the game was more uptempo back then. I think it has to do with the use of zones in the nba..guards are so creative that they look to split them all the time which requires serious athleticism and then if there is even a split second of open space the guards attack the hoop only to get clobbered and fouled be centers and power forwards…and centers are being used for defensive purposes more than focal pts on offenses. I think it has something to do with the skill sets guys are asked to bring to the table. Alls i know is the amount of ‘great’ ball players in the game going down is very high.

  • Ugh

    Great, yes. Centres, no more so than in the past.
    It’s overtraining, in my opinion, which is related to your comment about skillsets being brought in..
    Though there are recent studies suggesting that basketball shoes are actually horrendously misdesigned and causing severe injuries in high level athletes, whereas they’re fine for low-level athletes. These studies are usually funded by athletic equipment manufacturers who make ‘revolutionary’ products, though, so I take them with a grain of salt.

  • pposse

    i put a theory out below in response to adding velocity and max…that touches a little bit more on the guard play..but i think there is a correlation with zone defenses and injuries in the NBA. There were a plethora of great centers in the nba in the 80s and 90s…how can in the past 15 yrs only one truly great center have played the nba? There has to be a reason. NBA scouts cover so much territory its not like the resources aren’t there to find them. But i do understand that the Yao and Lopez are abnormally big and they are not prototypical NBA bodies. A guy like KG especially in his TWolves days is the perfect nba body type imo.

  • pposse

    Shumpert was saying how back in the days the game was more moving in straight lines but now guys glorify the cross over and pivoting/cutting more. But even still iverson who was smaller and one of the best and most known for these skillsets never got seriously hurt and he was an animal when it came to taking the ball to the hole..but his career was mostly played in the ‘old rules’ era….granted the new rules were being put in place when he was in his prime years there was still like a 3-5 yr window where there was a transition of sorts to the game we see now where players had to adjust.

    My wish or ‘agenda’ for the nba is to bring back the old rules and the old style of play. I think that the truly great ones regardless of the style of play would succeed..but mostly right now its a little disappointing to see all these injuries, its a major turnoff. I just want a definitive answer as to why. The overtraining makes sense..shoe theory a little sketchy but im open to it. I guess with basketball like anything else there is a finite shelf life and a lot of these guys are waisting it training than actually performing but idk.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    are u watching the cavs bulls game

  • pposse

    yeah dj augustine is underrated.

  • Conor

    Tim Duncan, Pau/Marc Gasol, Roy Hibbert, DeMarcus Cousins, Marcin Gortat, and Crippled Andrew Bynum aren’t true centres to you?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    did you notice how bynum is playing like zydranus. He is shooting fadeaway and perimeter jumpers

  • TriggaMan

    Poor brooks.
    the only thing memorable about this dude was when he said this in college.
    ” I’m entering the NBA because college ball is to easy.” and he currently has 0 national title rings

  • Ugh

    I’d prefer the old rules, too. (A note on that – Pat Riley’s real genius is exploiting the rules, be they cap rules or playbook rules. He built the Heat around two of the three best wing iso players in the league when he realised the implications of the new rules and that everything else was irrelevant. See also his time with the Knicks, exploiting inside-outside man to man defence.)

    The reason I go with overtraining is, for example, that Iverson was largely injury free in the terms of injuries we’re talking about here, and he was THE crossover king. He was slight and never bulked up, and his vertical was impressive for a small guy in the nineties, but compared to Rose, Westbrook or Nate Robinson it’s absolutely nothing. AND those guys have more muscle for their height than almost any guard in the last 50 years of the NBA. (Jordan, Drexler, Bryant and Robertson were all 6’5″ or taller, but arguably not as muscular anyway.) This means greater strain on joints by leaping higher and and landing heavier. It’s as simple as that.

    I don’t think centres are more injury prone now than before. Case in point is Brad Daugherty, who was probably better than Lopez and was lost to injury at his peak – but in the early nineties being as good as Lopez made him the fourth or fifth best centre in his conference (hell, maybe 3rd in his division alone!). Hence, nobody thinks “Oh, Yao went down just like Brad Daugherty!” because nobody remembers the dude, simply because he wasn’t All-NBA. I couldn’t even tell you who else this happened to in the 80s or before, but I’m sure they’re out there.

    As for why there are no truly great centres, I don’t know. It’s entirely possible everyone looked at Shaq and went “Hell, I’m not going near that – I’m going to go shoot some threes.” Seems as good a reason as any.

  • Tobias Fernandez

    It is unfortunate for a humble and talented big Brook Lopez to get injured like this, but I really think they will be fine without him in making the playoffs and still possible for them to get that 4th seed cause that Eastern conference is so bad specially the Atlantic division. Deron Williams has posted double doubles in last recent games All Star level, Joe Johnson is his old self in those corner threes like in Phoenix, Paul Pierce seems to have gotten off his slump, Mirza and Anderson is shooting the ball well and Blatche is starting to score down low more(no trouble in scoring at all and lots of assists for DW in a more free flow offence without Lopez). They have also solved their awful 3rd quarter melt downs and 1st quarter bad starts, the only problems now really is their rebounding and defense (specially defending the threes). Also Andre Kirilenko and Jason Terry should be back soon, that should definitely improve their defense, and improve more of their 3 point shooting. Moving KG at center too should be better as well, because that has been his natural position in his last couple years with the Celtics since he can’t guard quicker 4s anymore. So I wouldn’t be quick or celebrate to count the Nets out yet, they are still a very dangerous team moving forward. But yes Brook Lopez will be missed tho cause he is such a threat down low and unstoppable with his touch.

  • davidR

    true about larger density/bmi putting greater strain on the pg’s. but westbrook and robinson are athletic freaks. they train all the time, but actually never get injured.

    or even a shaq. dude was incredibly athletic and mobile for his size and weight. but he never got injured. i get your point tho, the style of play and overtraining can’t be sustained by most athletes. there are exceptions tho, but they are outliers (nate, russell, etc)

  • 604ricy

    Right on the money. Muscles these players gain will result in greater effort thus, great force returned to their body. (Mainly joints). Perfect example is Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford.

  • Max

    Yeah you’re probably right with the way the game is played, there are going to be more injuries.
    But it should even out a little because medical treatment is way better. But so far it just isn’t happening and you can’t do anything against some freak injuries.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    The Nets have a huge payroll full of untradable contracts, horrible depth, and no first round picks for a long time. How Billy King got the job in the first place was a mystery to me; after what he did to the Sixers I thought he’d never get another NBA job. Yet how he still is GM after all the stuff he has pulled is even more baffling.

    Prokhorov may be a good businessman in Russia, but he selected an idiot to run his team.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    All those good picks but Atlanta will never prosper

  • i_ball

    I just had to…

    ‘ I guess with basketball like anything else there is a finite shelf life and a lot of these guys are waisting it training than actually performing but idk.’

    Allen Iverson agrees.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    It’s that lebron syndrome. Now everybody wants an NFL body but not many bodies can sustain the muscle especially guards. I don’t agree with the shaq analysis. Rasheed wallace was a good shooter and didn’t get a 3 for shaq. Then garnett and dirk came along and there style of play wasn’t based on shaq.

  • Boonie K.

    Most expensive Roster in NBA became lottery pick team.
    This guy sure get hurt a lot. Common for a 7 footer, i think Yao mIng retire early with the same injury.