Posted by Royce Young
It's been a tough season so far for Brook Lopez. He's averaging 18.2 points a game, which is good, but his rebounds have dipped way down to just 5.9 a game.
Also, he's kind of fallen in love with a jumpshot that doesn't best utilize his talents, which are to go inside and pound opponents on the block. And it looks like his love of the jumper has started catching up to him.
In the Nets' loss last night to the Suns, Lopez was subbed back into the game with a little over three minutes left, with his team down three. Lopez promptly missed a jumper and was immediately pulled for Derrick Favors. Lopez dragged himself to the bench, sat down and did this.
We can't be certain, but it would appear Lopez said, "I'm so tired of this guy. [F-word] him." Lopez was apparently directing those comments at coach Avery Johnson, who he's clashed with some this year. I don't think Lopez was referencing the ball boy that came and handed him towel or some fan behind him that kept yelling, "Hey Brook! More like Brook-lyn!"
(The best part is obviously Travis Outlaw's non-reaction.)
Lopez hasn't played that well this season and Johnson has let him know about it. Recently when speaking to the media, Johnson was asked if he dreamed about the possibility of having Carmelo Anthony. Johnson said, "No, I dream about our starting center getting 10 rebounds." Zing.
On the season, Lopez has only grabbed at least 10 boards twice, with the last such outing coming over a month ago, on Dec. 1, vs. the Thunder. And that was in overtime. Not exactly what most coaches have in mind for their seven-foot center that plays 35 minutes a game.
So Johnson has likely been in Lopez's ear about such matters. Avery has always been a demanding coach that will ride players and isn't afraid to sit someone down if he's not doing his job. A little different than the experience last season with Kiki Vandeweghe. The team might've completely sucked, but at least Kiki was chill -- right, Brook?