One tiny bone in Brook Lopez's right foot might have already determined the first half and possibly the entire season for the New Jersey Nets. In the second and last preseason game against the Knicks, Lopez suffered a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal, forcing him to undergo surgery on Friday. Foot fractures of this type typically take around six weeks to fully heal. In addition to losing Lopez's 20.4 points and 6.0 boards per game, the injury takes any possibility of an immediate trade for Dwight Howard off the table. As a replacement the Nets traded a second-round pick for Mehmet Okur from the Utah Jazz.
[via The New York Times]
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