Brook Lopez: Nets Looking to Make Statement
Leave it to the most unassuming Net to come up with the most provocative statement on the eve of the team’s long-awaited home opener against the Miami Heat on Friday. With his teammates and coaches urging caution, Brook Lopez barreled into the conversation with the authority of a rim-rattling dunk.
Instead Lopez views Friday’s game as a barometer of sorts to determine just how far the win-now Nets have come since last season’s disappointing finish. In the offseason, the Nets acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko, who is expected to play on Friday after missing the opener with back spasms, with the hopes of challenging the Heat for a championship.
“I think it will definitely be a statement game,” Lopez said following practice at the team’s East Rutherford facility on Thursday. “It’s going to be a great benchmark for us. We absolutely believe we’re capable of competing with them and that’s something we’re going to want to be doing down the line, obviously, in the playoffs. So we’re definitely anticipating a high-energy, important game.”