HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors

November 25, 2014 Updates

Lionel Hollins has offered pointed critiques of Brook Lopez’s game before, as have other Nets coaches before him. But after the Brooklyn center got outplayed badly in San Antonio and benched for yet another fourth quarter, Hollins’ latest critique raised eyebrows because it was as complete as it was damning. “[He’s] the same Brook. He can score,’’ Hollins said Monday, before adding, “He needs to be better defensively, he needs to be better rebounding, he needs to be better passing the ball to his teammates.’’ New York Post

“If you saw, if you had been able to see practice today, you would’ve seen some really nice passes. It’s just being aware and trusting that your teammates are going to make plays, and understanding the game better,’’ said Hollins, who insists it’s not impossible for Lopez to make those improvements. “There’s people that come into this league and their whole life they’re only asked to do one thing. And when you get to this level it takes a little more to win. I’m trying to ask him to do those things.’’ New York Post

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A day after the Nets wouldn’t set a timetable on Brook Lopez’s return to the court, the All-Star center set one himself, saying he could return as soon as Monday’s home opener against the Thunder. “I feel great,” Lopez said before the Nets beat the Pistons, 102-90, inside the Palace of Auburn Hills. “I want to be back out there. I’m going to go through practice [Sunday] and hopefully play Monday.” New York Post

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