Dec 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Nets 121-120 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez moving well

There’s no doubt that when Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is healthy, he’s among the better big men in the NBA. Of course, keeping Lopez healthy has proven to be a challenge as he’s missed nearly two of the last three seasons with multiple foot injuries.

That of course is an obvious concern as we’ve seen extremely talented NBA big men (say like Yao Ming) be on top of their game, only to have their career cut shot by nagging foot problems. The hope is that Brook Lopez won’t fall victim to the same issues and so far, so good as Chris B. Haynes reports that the six-year veteran is progressing and moving well in his recovery.

Of course, there’s a vast difference between improving and moving well and playing effectively in an NBA game. That’s not to say Lopez won’t be able to return to his All-Star like form which saw him put up nearly 20 points and 7 rebounds a game in 2012-13, but concern is well warranted.

Despite that, the news of Brook Lopez moving well and progressing is welcome and hopefully the former Stanford talent will be back on the court and looking healthy this season.

For now, the plan will be to keep Lopez rehabbing and getting in game shape as he recovers from major reconstructive surgery this past January.

Understandably, the Brooklyn Nets will limit his minutes, at least during the early portions of the season to make sure he remains healthy and avoids another significant injury.

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