King Says Lopez Had Successful Ankle Surgery; Lauds Kidd's Growth


BROOKLYN - By Lenn Robbins

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King announced on Friday that center Brook Lopez had surgery on his left ankle earlier this month, which he sprained twice this season.

The surgery was successful and is not expected to affect Lopez’s recovery from the foot surgery he had on Jan. 4.

Lopez was lost for the season after suffering a broken bone in his right foot on Dec. 20th.

He had surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal and had a procedure known as a first metatarsal osteotomy, in which another bone was repositioned in his foot to "unload and protect the injured area."

Lopez broke the same bone in December of 2011. He played just five games in the 2011-12 season. He had a screw replaced in the foot this past offseason and was having a terrific season until getting hurt, averaging 20.7 points on 56-percent shooting with six rebounds.

King said that Lopez had a partial tear in the left ankle that the 7-foot center was willing to, ‘tough it out,’ through the season. King said the Nets expect him to be back on the court in June.

King also said he believes this team can still make a strong playoff run because of the growth of coach Jason Kidd. After opening 10-21, the Nets went into Friday night’s game against the Boston Celtics with a record of 35-31.

“We now have an identity,’’ said King.