The bad news keeps on piling up for the Brooklyn Nets. After the team experienced a slew of injuries causing most of their key players to miss games in the early part of the regular season, Brooklyn has suffered another blow after its Star Center Brook Lopez broke his foot Friday and will be out of commission for the rest of the year.
Lopez was one of the few bright spots for the Nets in the season where the team was supposed to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.
The 25-year-old leads the team in scoring (20.6 PPG) and adds 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per outing for the Nets, carries a 9-17 win-loss card so far this season—below the pre-season expectations when they were pegged to challenge the defending champions Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers this season.
Lopez collided with Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers with less than 5 minutes to go in Brooklyn’s most recent game last Friday. It appeared the collision may have aggravated the injury at that point.
The Nets confirmed Saturday that Lopez fractured the fifth metatarsal of his surgically repaired right foot, which was previously injured in 2011.
The slow start to the Nets season can be blamed for the rash of injuries. Key players of the supposed championship chase went down with various injuries to start the year.
Starting Point Guard Deron Williams, back-up guard Jason Terry, veteran forwards Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko and Kevin Garnett have all missed considerable time at some point of the year.
Young was also apologetic upon learning about the Lopez injury news.
"I'm not even sure what happened. I just know we got tangled up, and I helped him up. Brook is actually a good friend of mine. We've [known] each other since the 10th grade." Young told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"(He) having a great season and with a loaded team that has a chance to make a playoff push. It's a bad way to go out. I'm sorry I had to be the one to break his foot if I did, or that it had to be in our game."
Jason Kidd, Nets neophyte head coach, was depressed about the injury.