HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors

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Brook Lopez now is second in the NBA player efficiency ratings and it's clear Kidd wants to take advantage of that and work within the bounds of his mostly unathletic and aging roster. "Yeah, we are going to slow it down,'' Kidd said Saturday. "We are going to try to get the ball inside, work in and out. When you have that opportunity, and have a player like Brook, or Joe also, command double-teams, you are going to have some [open] shots that we made [Saturday]. We are not a team that's going to try to zoom up and try to score 110 points.'' NetsDaily

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Nineteen sounds like a disgraceful margin. But at the half, the Nets were on pace to lose by 52. It was 66-40, and Kidd had seen enough. He announced the starters for the second half. Only one of them, Brook Lopez, had started the game. To the other starters, he offered warm-up suits and a cool, cold assurance. “We’ll see how it goes.” The view was only slightly better, but at least everyone in black broke a sweat. That’s a start. It’s pathetic, sure. But it is a start. “A lot of guys are frustrated,” said Andray Blatche, one of the exiled. “A lot of guys are embarrassed.” New York Post

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Nets center Brook Lopez will sit out his third straight game Wednesday night against the Bobcats. Lopez hasn’t played since spraining his left ankle in Friday’s 100-98 overtime win over the Suns in Phoenix. Nets coach Jason Kidd had said following Tuesday’s practice Lopez’s status would be determined following Wednesday’s morning shootaround. New York Post

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Lopez, 25, is a dominant force. He toyed with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, racking up 27 points in just 26 minutes of action. Lopez shot 10-for-13 from the field in the Nets' 104-88 victory. “He’s very poised. He’s very strong,” Garnett said of Lopez. “He’s a real chill person, but he has a fire. He’s never rattled. I’m not gonna say underestimated, but he’s very strong … to go through plays and finish them very well. Probably the best I’ve seen in the league in a while.” ESPN.com

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It was just 12 minutes of an exhibition game, but Kevin Garnett did something on Tuesday that he hadn't really done in his previous 18 NBA seasons. He played with a good center. "Just in awe a little bit," Garnett said after playing with new teammate Brook Lopez in the Nets' preseason opener, a 111-106 win over the Washington Wizards. Wall Street Journal

Lopez scored 15 points playing every one of his dozen minutes alongside Garnett, who had seven rebounds and four points. The 7-foot, 295-pound center showed off a sample of his offensive skills, hitting three shots in the lane and three mid-range jumpers while missing just once from the field. Lopez even scored on a dish from Garnett, who finally has a center worth passing to. "The skill level is impressive," said Garnett, who stands 6-foot-11 but plays power forward because of his wiry frame. "I haven't been around a skill level like that playing with [a center] I don't think ever." Wall Street Journal

It's Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry going to Tanzania and delivering mosquito nets to families trying to prevent malaria, the leading killer of children in Africa, according to the grassroots organization Nothing But Nets. Or it's Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol visiting Syrian refugees in Iraq. Or it's Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving traveling to South Africa on behalf of UNICEF and the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program to help transform lives through education. Or it's Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez going to Africa with the Clinton Foundation to help provide clean water to developing communities. "It warms my heart because we talk about the values of sports and the fact is our players have outsized influence on youth around the world and for them to recognize that and to use that in a positive way is spectacular for the kids and causes and good for the NBA," NBA Commissioner David Stern told USA TODAY Sports. "It's also wonderful for the growth of our players as well. We couldn't be happier and we don't push them into many of these things. They just do it." USA Today Sports

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