As the Brooklyn Nets look to begin their first season fresh off a relocation from New Jersey to one of the five boroughs in New York City, everything’s going to feel brand new. New uniforms. New stadiums. New players. New fans. New expectations. Yet, there’s an old reliable hanging amidst the shiny new toys under the roof of the Barclays Center.
His name is Brook Lopez. 24 years old, and entering his fifth season in the NBA, all with the Nets.
Lopez is viewed as a bit of an enigma around the Association. He’s viewed as a prototype NBA center, 7-feet tall and 260-plus pounds, you couldn’t create a better sized center on the video game. He’s also viewed as a soft player, one who lacks the ability to rebound worth a damn and command respect from other teams. For the first three seasons, he was extremely durable. Lopez played in 251 consecutive games, starting in 244 of them. Then Lopez suffered a season-ending injury with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot and the questions changed from when would Lopez come back into will Lopez be a member of the Nets long-term.
On Thursday the NBA schedulefor the 2012-13 season was released. It is a moment where the event itself is hyped but I get zero excitement out of it. Not that the event doesn’t matter, but I got things to do during the summer.
However, once things slowed down I did peruse the schedule. Come and take a walk with me and check out these five games that truly matter early on the schedule.
Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks - November 1, 2012: Let the darby begin with the Nets and the Knicks. Brooklyn residents will be torn over witnessing a team in the Nets land in their hometown burrough and their long-term allegiance towards their city representing Knicks. Its sure to be star-laden affair, as the Knicks big three of Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler will now be matched by the Nets big three of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez….and that’s the just stars that’ll be on the court.
Jay-Z vs. Spike Lee? *cues up Empire State of Mind on the iPod*