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Nets center Brook Lopez says he has lost about 15 pounds

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Brook Lopez is lighter than last year.  (USATSI)
Brook Lopez is lighter than last year. (USATSI)

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has lost some weight while recovering from his fractured fifth metatarsal. It's not quite a Carmelo or LeBron situation -- Lopez is still close to 275 pounds -- but it's different than this time last year. From The New York Post's Tim Bontemps:

Lopez, who arrived at training camp last fall weighing around 290 pounds before playing at a weight several pounds lighter, looked noticeably thinner while participating in a youth healthy lifestyle clinic at Barclays Center on Wednesday afternoon.

“I'm at my playing weight,” Lopez said with a laugh. “I can attribute that to laying in bed for months, but I'm back to the weight that's normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds].”

It'll be interesting to see if Lopez gets bigger before training camp or loses a bit more weight. He does most of his damage in the post, and new Nets head coach Lionel Hollins played a slow-it-down, grind-it-out style with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph when he was in Memphis. Hollins might want him to bully people on the block.

Dropping pounds to be more mobile is in vogue in the NBA now, though, and staying lighter would also presumably put less stress on his feet. Lopez said that his weight wasn't the reason for getting hurt last season, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't consider being leaner moving forward. Brooklyn was most successful last year after Lopez's injury, as then-coach Jason Kidd utilized a more dynamic lineup full of shooters and versatile defenders.

Lopez was cleared to start running last week, per the Post, and Brooklyn general manager Billy King said recently that the big man won't have any minutes restrictions next season.

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