Brook Lopez hasn’t played since the NBA’s season opener between the Bucks (7-8) and the Nets (11-5). Since then, the seven-footer has remained out of all basketball activities with a lower back injury.
In an interview Friday with The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Lopez opened up on how his rehabilitation is progressing and when a return to the court could be expected.
Good news for Bucks center Brook Lopez, who’s been out since opening night Oct. 19: He is progressing toward a comeback for the reigning champions and says he has a target return in mind. More: pic.twitter.com/un4sf0XVW2— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2021
After going through numerous foot injuries during his tenure with the New Jersey Nets turned Brooklyn Nets, Lopez described growing “a great distaste for sitting out.”
“My low back has been coming along pretty positively the last couple of weeks. We’ve done some off-court stuff the past couple of days and we just keep ramping it up. It’s going very well,” Lopez shared.
Milwaukee has sorely missed Lopez’s imposing size in the paint coupled with his innate knack for pulling down game-changing rebounds, turning himself into an All-Defensive caliber center.
While Lopez did not provide a specific timetable for his return, the news coming from Lopez himself is enough to tie over Milwaukee for just a little bit longer.
“Staying positive in my mind, staying focused. And I’m being very hopeful as well. We’re definitely getting there, we’re on our way. There’s a target in my mind,” Lopez said.