After losing on an Evan Turner buzzer beater last night, the nightmare season somehow gets even worse for the Brooklyn Nets, as it was announced early this morning that center Brook Lopez is out for the year after suffering a broken foot.
Strangely enough, the news was initially reported a few hours ago by CSN New England’s Gary Tanguay.
NBA source tells me Brook Lopez of the Nets is done for the year. Broken foot. East continues to get worse. #celticstalk
— Gary Tanguay (@Gary_Tanguay) December 21, 2013
And just minutes ago, the news was confirmed SB Nation’s Nets Daily.
NETSDAILY CAN CONFIRM THAT BROOK LOPEZ HAS A BROKEN FOOT WHICH LIKELY MEANS HE’S DONE FOR THE YEAR.
— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) December 21, 2013
It is the third time the big man from Stanford has broken his foot in the last four years, and likely means he will miss the rest of the season.
After coming into the season as possible contenders for the Eastern Conference crown, the Nets’s season has gone about as poorly as possible, and without Lopez, is effectively over – at least in terms of making a postseason impact.
What happens now remains to be seen, but the Nets are stuck with a multitude of terrible contracts and aging players.
As for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference as a whole, the injury just serves to make them even worse than they already are.
All in all, it’s brutal news for Lopez, who was having a great year, averaging over 20 points and 6 rebounds a night. Hopefully he can come back healthy next year and pick up where he left off.