Brook Lopez had a screw replaced in his surgically repaired right foot over the offseason. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Brooklyn Nets' bad season just keeps getting worse.
Brook Lopez, the 7-foot starting center who has been one of the team's few consistent, healthy players in a disappointing start to the season, has reportedly suffered a broken foot and will miss the remainder of the NBA season.
CSN's Gary Tanguay broke the news in a tweet posted early Saturday morning.
ESPN reports that Lopez suffered the injury to his right foot (which was previously injured in 2011) in Friday night's overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Lopez had been averaging just over 20 points, six rebounds, and just under two blocks per game for the Nets, who despite a star-studded roster sit in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference with a 9-17 record.
The injury is likely to force Nets head coach Jason Kidd to play Kevin Garnett at center, with Andray Blatche seeing a minutes increase at the power forward position.