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Lopez Warms to Leadership Role

Brook Lopez is just 22 years old, but entering his third year in the NBA.  After being wowed by his potential--and performance--the Nets are now looking for him to bump up his role as a leader.

One example, after practice Sunday, Lopez was asked about what he was seeing from his teammates.  His response didn't sound much like the goofy kid persona fans have gotten to know.  "With regard to the level of competition, I'm thoroughly impressed with everyone on the team," said Lopez.. "We've been going after every loose ball, fighting tooth and nail on every possession."

Asked about the apparent change, Lopez replied, "I'm just trying to lead by example on the court." With Devin Harris rumored to be leaving, he may have to.