Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has admitted his relief that the foot injury he sustained against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday is not serious.
Lopez, who suffered the injury when he stepped on the heal of another player, conceded that he feared the worst initially, having been plagued by problems with his right foot for four years.
The 27-year-old has now said that he will be fit for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets even though he is also suffering from back spasms, which saw him miss Monday’s practice.
“It was scary,” Lopez told reporters. “We wanted to make sure it was nothing. I wanted to go back in, I wanted to keep playing, but [Nets athletic trainer Tim Walsh] pulled me.”
Lopez has now focused his attention on helping his side win their first game of the 2015/16 season following a seven-game losing streak.
“I mean, it’s annoying, because it’s a whole process,” Lopez said. “It scared me, but I’m confident now, and I know it was nothing. It’s just a process of regaining everyone’s trust…We were just taking precautions. There is obviously hardware in the foot, so stuff isn’t going to feel 100 percent all the time, but I feel good now.”
The Nets will be glad to have Lopez’s services against the Rockets as he has averaged 20.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks per game this season.