Lopez underwent surgery on his right foot recently for the third time since 2011. The need for surgery was discovered after an MRI revealed a bent screw in his right foot. Lopez had been experiencing no pain in his foot before the MRI, and the decision to have surgery was described by GM Billy King as "proactive." The screw was intended to support his fifth metatarsal and had bent over time.
Lopez is now in a walking boot following the minor procedure to replace the screw, which was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The Brooklyn Nets center's bent screw was replaced with a new one. He is expected to return to basketball related activities by August.
Should Nets fans and coaches be worried about Lopez's recurring foot problems? It's tough to say, but this same foot was fractured twice during the 2011-12 season and the screw was implanted to prevent further injuries. Many 7 foot tall basketball players fall victim to foot injuries because their feet can't support the weight of their frame, hence why Lopez's screw bent.
Lopez is the Nets' best player and in the 2012-13 season, he led all NBA centers in scoring with 19.4 points per game. He needs to concentrate on getting stronger in his foot this summer so he doesn't get the dreaded "injury-prone" label.
References: Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated.
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