Brook Lopez played 5-on-5 for the first time Monday since he went down with a broken foot last December. With his foot reconstructed, Lopez's health has been a major concern, but don't tell him that.
"It was great," Lopez Mike Mazzeo Tuesday at a community event in Harlem. "I got my second day of five-on-five in today. It’s been going well. It feels good to be back out there with the guys."
Of course, there have been some restrictions placed on him by trainer Timmy Walsh, but Lopez is learning to live with it, at least for now.
"Timmy yanked me after three games yesterday. I wasn’t happy about it. I played five or six today. I’m getting back into it. I’ll comply. I was difficult yesterday. I wasn’t happy to be pulled early, but I understand where it’s coming from. It’s just I understand it’ll take a while, I have to be patient. I’ve been patient since January already, so what’s another few weeks.
"I feel good out there. There’s no problems," Lopez added, when asked about foot pain. "I feel great out there. I don’t wanna leave the court."
Lopez raved about some of his teammates, in particular one who hasn't been that much of a blip on the radar.
: "I could go down the list. Immediately Jarrett Jack pops to mind, Sergey Karasev and Bojan Bogdanovic. They’ve been great for us. I think Jarrett, his leadership ability as well as his talents on the floor, and I think Sergey surprised me a lot. I didn’t get to see him a lot last year, I don’t know how often he played. And just hearing that [he played 22 games] surprises me from what I’ve seen of him."
Meanwhile, Lenn Robbins, the Nets in-house beat writer tweeted out a medical bulletin from Dr. Jeremy Bettle.
Andrei Kirilenko says he's been working on core strength with #Nets strength and conditioning coach @DrJeremyBettle. No more back spasms— Lenn Robbins (@LennRobbins) September 23, 2014
Camp opens in three days!
Lopez plays five-on-five; impressed by teammates - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York