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Brook Lopez, the brightest light in Brooklyn?


Brook Lopez put up good numbers in Brooklyn during regular season, was selected to the All-Star game, played better in the playoffs and is now awaiting next week's announcement of the All-NBA teams. If he makes it, he will be the first Net to do so since Jason Kidd was selected to the first team in 2004.

In an interview with Ben Couch, the Nets in-house beat writer, Lopez said the individual success this season was a real positive, but the next step is about team and winning.

"I think the next level has to be team-oriented," Lopez says. "It's not really personal – there's not much left personally. It's just a matter of winning. That's the bottom line. I think that really separates the best of the best in the league from the rest."

Billy King thinks that his All-Star center should keep the pain of losing Game 7 as a lasting memory of the first season in Brooklyn.

"Getting to the playoffs allowed Brook Lopez to see what the playoffs are like, to see what a Game 7 is like," says King. "I told Brook, 'Now the season is ending for you, there's pain.' It's not just losing the last game of the regular season and going home. Now you are in the playoffs and you feel the pain of losing. So you want to make sure you do everything so you don't have that pain again."