In an interview with NBA TV, Brook Lopez admitted that part of the Nets leadership this season is on him and that the team's new, athletic players are the kind of "athletic energy guys that we really needed last year."
In the interview, at halftime of the summer league camp between the Nets and Pelicans, Lopez was asked, "Is leadership on your shoulders?"
"It definitely is. It's weird for me to think of myself as a vet. its bizarre but I'm one of the elders on the team now. I was talking to Thaddeus about this during our whole free agency process, what we expected from Brooklyn, what we were looking for and what WE need to do to make the team better. The first thing was we need to be leaders on the court, to lead by example and speak up as well."
Lopez noted that he is one of several veterans on hand in Las Vegas and the vets and the rookies on the Summer League team are working out together. He likes what he sees.
"Most important thing is that we bought in a lot of guys with potential that want to play hard, want to learn. ... athletic energy guys that we really needed last year. we need them to come in and step up."
He described players like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Willie Reed as doing "the dirty stuff we were lacking last year." In addition to Lopez, the vets on hand include Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and Sergey Karasev.
Lopez also sat down with Kathryn Przybyla of the Nets social media staff and talked about a family vacation and how the new HSS Training Center in Industry City is making him think about moving. ""I'm on the Jersey side of the Hudson right now, but leaning towards moving to Brooklyn, Dumbo maybe." he said, perhaps favoring the Brooklyn neighborhood only because it's named for a Disney character.
He said he's excited by the training facility, particularly "the rooftop deck with the lounge area to hang out. That's impressive."
As for Robin, he never misses an opportunity to lash out, telling NBA TV "I'm a little offended by the whole thing. I think he's trying to body me out of my city" and Przybala, "I don't know if I'll help him too much. I want to make it as difficult as possible for him."
He'll leave soon for an Eastern European family vacation with one stop in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where Bojan Bogdanovic just bought a house.