Brook Lopez has been in Milwaukee and getting in some work on the court at the Sports Science Center, per team video. In December, Budenholzer did not publicly discuss any sort of timeline for a potential return, but the current feeling in the organization is the rehabilitative process has gone great and Lopez is on schedule.
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Zach Lowe: What I’ve heard from from inside the (Bucks) organization is they remain optimistic (Brook) Lopez is going to come back before the playoffs, maybe well before the playoffs.
Eric Nehm: Bucks have submitted their injury report for tonight’s game vs. Cavaliers. (1/2 tweets) OUT (health and safety protocols): Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo, Wesley Matthews, Bobby Portis OUT: Khris Middleton (left knee hyperextension), Brook Lopez (back)
There is optimism within the organization, though, that Lopez could return this season, per a team source. And while this is the 14th NBA season for the 33-year-old Lopez, Budenholzer told reporters the team does not believe this surgery has a chance to be career-threatening.
Shams Charania: Bucks center Brook Lopez underwent back surgery and is out indefinitely.
Shams Charania: Good news for Bucks center Brook Lopez, who’s been out since opening night Oct. 19: He is progressing toward a comeback for the reigning champions and says he has a target return in mind. More: pic.twitter.com/un4sf0XVW2
Jim Owczarski: George Hill (back) is off the injury report, though Brook Lopez (back) remains on it. (Of course, so is Done DiVincenzo) From the end of the road trip, the murky latest on those two #Bucks players: jsonline.com/story/sports/n…
Jim Owczarski: Brook Lopez (back soreness) has been w/ the #Bucks this entire trip. Today, head coach Mike Budenholzer said: “He’s done some things & is definitely on a routine. I would say there has been progress, but I think it continues to be something that is going slowly.”
Eric Nehm: Lengthy injury list for the Bucks for tomorrow night in Detroit. The following players are OUT: – Donte DiVincenzo (left ankle injury recovery) – Jrue Holiday (left ankle sprain) – Brook Lopez (back soreness) – Khris Middleton (health and safety protocols)
Eric Nehm: Just chatted with Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. He told reporters he does not expect Jrue Holiday or Brook Lopez to play this weekend. The Bucks have a back-to-back against San Antonio and Utah on Saturday and Sunday.
Eric Nehm: Bucks’ first injury report for tomorrow night vs. Minnesota: Semi Ojeleye (left calf strain) and Bobby Portis (left hamstring strain) are both probable. Donte DiVincenzo (left ankle recovery), Jrue Holiday (left ankle sprain) and Brook Lopez (back soreness) are OUT.
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram (left groin strain) is out for Monday’s game at IND. The next game isn’t until Thursday at NOP; ideally, Ingram can practice w/contact between games, which is the next step. Meanwhile: Lopez (back tightness) and Kuzma (sprained ankle) are probable at IND.
Lonzo Ball will have to wait to play Russell Westbrook after the Los Angeles Lakers point guard was ruled out for Wednesday night’s game against Oklahoma City. Ball and Brook Lopez, who is available to play, were both cleared to practice by the team Tuesday. Ball, though, will miss his sixth straight game with a bruised left shoulder after he felt soreness Wednesday morning following a workout on Tuesday. The rookie point guard did participate in morning shootaround on Wednesday and will practice Thursday.
Mike Trudell: Brook Lopez: “I feel great. I feel like I could go right now.” Said he’s targeting Sunday’s game in Vegas to make his debut.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Luke Walton says Brook Lopez (back spasms) likely will not play in preseason opener on Saturday. Lopez not cleared yet for contact.
Tania Ganguli: Brook Lopez says he’s having back spasms. Says it’s not serious but he/Lakers want to make sure it won’t become serious.
Brian Lewis: Brook Lopez treated for cramps, but insists he’ll be fine for #Sixers on Tuesday. “No question at all.” #Nets
Michael Gallagher: Nets Injury Report for Sunday vs. New York: Lopez (sprained right ankle) is PROBABLE. Harris (concussion/sprained left shoulder) is OUT.
Brian Lewis: Brook Lopez ruled out tomorrow in Dallas. #Nets
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