Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez suffered a mild right mid-foot sprain during the Oct. 15 preseason game against the Sacramento Kings. The injury could sideline him for up to two weeks.
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez suffered a mild right mid-foot sprain during the Oct. 15 preseason game against the Sacramento Kings.
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The Nets issued a press release on Lopez's injury on their official website a day after:
"Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain in the first quarter of the Nets' preseason contest against Sacramento on October 15th, Nets General Manager Billy King has announced.
"Statement from Nets Medical Director Dr. Riley Williams III:
"'Brook Lopez experienced right foot soreness after being stepped on during the pre-season game against the Kings Wednesday night. X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries. Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days.'"
ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk wrote about Lopez's recent extensive injury history in his Oct. 16 blog:
"Lopez's health is a major key to the Nets' season. The 7-footer has missed 134 games over the last three seasons. He played in just 17 games last season after suffering a season-ending injury to his right foot on Dec. 20 in Philadelphia.
"Lopez, 26, underwent two procedures on his right foot on Jan. 4, when he had surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal and a first metatarsal osteotomy, in which another bone was repositioned in his foot to unload and protect the injured area.
"On March 3, Lopez had surgery to repair a torn tendon and tighten lateral ligaments in his left ankle.
"He was cleared for training camp and played in Brooklyn's three preseason games, averaging 18 points, 5.6 rebounds and 54.2 percent shooting in 23.3 minutes per game.
"Lopez previously fractured the same fifth metatarsal in December 2011, and later had a screw replaced in it this past offseason.
"Nets coach Lionel Hollins has said that health will be perhaps the biggest issue for the Nets this season. Deron Williams also is looking to regain his All-Star form after undergoing surgery on both of his ankles in May."
Lopez signed a four-year, $61 million contract with the Nets two years ago.
He has averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 342 career regular-season games for the Nets, per ESPN stats.
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