Billy King: No restrictions on Brook Lopez right now

Updated: August 18, 2014

Nets GM Billy King spoke on SiruisXM NBA Radio and mentioned that injured center Brook Lopez has been working out at the team’s practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., on a daily basis in order to get ready for the 2014-15 season.

Right now right now there are no restrictions in place to limit Lopez’s minutes although that could change when the Nets sit down with doctors to map out a plan.

Lopez has recently been cleared to resume normal basketball activities as he continues to rehab from another foot and ankle surgery.

“We will sit down with him and the doctors and come up with a plan,” King said during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

“Right now, there is no plan to put any restrictions on him, but I think as we do with all players through the preseason — whether you’re looking at KG [ Kevin Garnett] or Deron [Williams], who’s coming off of ankle injuries — you build them up. You get them ready for the opening day of the season, but you’re really getting them ready for January, February, March and April. So I look at it like climbing a ladder throughout the season when you have veteran players. But I know [new coach] Lionel [Hollins] is gonna push all these guys and challenge them physically. And whatever doctors allow Brook and Deron to do, Lionel is going to push them to that point.”

“Brook is a big part for us,” King said. “If you look at what Derrick Rose meant to Chicago, I think Brook for us, especially offensively, was a big part of the success we’ve had here. Last year, I think we were able to overcome it and go far because of our depth, but I think missing Brook didn’t allow us to go further, because you needed that post presence, somebody that could get easy baskets.”

The entire interview can be heard here:

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