HoopsHype Brook Lopez rumors

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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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The recent offseasons haven’t been so easy for Brook Lopez. There was the bout with mono three years ago, and then the three foot surgeries that stalled his career. But all this time away from the court has provided Lopez an opportunity to advance his eclectic interests, specifically a script for an animated adventure/comedy that he and his twin brother — Robin Lopez, a center for the Trail Blazers — have been shopping to television networks. “We have a pilot all written out,” says Lopez. New York Daily News

Brooklyn’s All-Star center is quite serious about this endeavor, as well his future plans to create books, comics and video games. He and Robin have visited the studios at Disney and Fox, even sitting at a taping of “The Simpsons.” Like any Hollywood writer, he is keeping the details of the script a secret, providing only the theme. “This one is Robin’s brainchild,” Lopez says. New York Daily News

The recent offseasons haven’t been so easy for Brook Lopez. There was the bout with mono three years ago, and then the three foot surgeries that stalled his career. But all this time away from the court has provided Lopez an opportunity to advance his eclectic interests, specifically a script for an animated adventure/comedy that he and his twin brother — Robin Lopez, a center for the Trail Blazers — have been shopping to television networks. “We have a pilot all written out,” says Lopez. Brooklyn’s All-Star center is quite serious about this endeavor, as well his future plans to create books, comics and video games. He and Robin have visited the studios at Disney and Fox, even sitting at a taping of “The Simpsons.” Like any Hollywood writer, he is keeping the details of the script a secret, providing only the theme. “This one is Robin’s brainchild,” Lopez says. New York Daily News

This is mostly the product of a single mother, Deborah Ledford, who raised four very large Lopez boys on a schoolteacher’s salary in Fresno. “My parents got divorced when we were very young (in 1994), so I don’t know much about my father, if anything at all,” says Lopez, who played the saxophone in high school and majored in creative writing at Stanford. “We cut ties with him. I was raised just by my mom. That’s the way it was. It was normal to me. “Growing up with just my mom, it went so well. “It worked out so well. It was normal to me. I wasn’t really looking for a father figure.” New York Daily News

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Brook Lopez reminds Jason Kidd of someone the Nets' first-year coach once played with in Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki. Still, Kidd wants the 25-year-old All-Star center to be himself this season. "I think he's young. He's still young. He has a lot to learn and I think when you have a Kevin Garnett, a Paul Pierce, a veteran that understands what it takes to be professional and also what it means to win, to be able to share that with Brook," Kidd said of Lopez Tuesday. "But also Brook needs to be him. He works extremely hard, he's coming off an injury. But he reminds me of a player [Dirk] I played with in Dallas. Very low maintenance, goes about his job, and can dominate a game. The big thing is just for him to be him, but also work on some of his weaknesses and I think he knows that. Again, the sky's the limit for him." ESPN.com

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