Loyal Lopez


Many people feel that loyalty is a lost art in the NBA, but Brook Lopez has proved those people wrong time and time again. The Nets drafted Brook Lopez with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft and he has not been apart of another NBA franchise in his seven year playing career. Lopez appeared to be headed to another destination on several occasions, but each time Lopez somehow managed to not get traded and he has remained with the Nets.

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Some players would feel betrayed after being shopped on multiple different occasions by the team that you have showed loyalty to throughout your entire NBA career, Lopez even has said publicly that he wants to remain a Net for his entire NBA career. “I’m here. I like being here. I’m not asking to be traded.” Lopez said after somehow surviving yet another trade deadline without being traded. Lopez appeared to be on his way to the Oklahoma City Thunder this time around, but with 10 minutes remaining in the trade deadline, Oklahoma City changed their minds and traded for Enes Kanter instead of Lopez.

When it appeared that Lopez was on his way out Lopez told a close friend that he was very upset by the turn of events and that shows the genuine love that Lopez truly has for this organization. With players forming super-team’s and only looking out for themselves nowadays, it is a blessing for the Nets to have a guy like Lopez who not only can help them on the court, but he also cares about the team and not just himself.

Through all of the trade rumors Lopez has never complained, he has always been focused on the team and he has always expressed his desire to remain a member of the Nets. Lopez is now coming off of the bench for the Nets and instead of dwelling over the fact that he isn’t starting Lopez has embraced the role.

Even in a reduced role coming off of the bench, Lopez is putting up big numbers and having a huge impact. Lopez is averaging 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season and in his last 10 games he’s averaging 17.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Lopez appears to be destined to be a member of the Nets for his entire career because no matter how much the Nets try to trade him, Lopez always remains a Net in the end. Let’s not forget what Lopez said in July of 2012 “The Nets are the only place I want to be, I want to be a Net for my entire career.”

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