Lopez reminds Kidd of Dirk

September, 25, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brook Lopez reminds Jason Kidd of someone the Nets' first-year coach once played with in Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki.

Still, Kidd wants the 25-year-old All-Star center to be himself this season.

"I think he's young. He's still young. He has a lot to learn and I think when you have a Kevin Garnett, a Paul Pierce, a veteran that understands what it takes to be professional and also what it means to win, to be able to share that with Brook," Kidd said of Lopez Tuesday.

"But also Brook needs to be him. He works extremely hard, he's coming off an injury. But he reminds me of a player [Dirk] I played with in Dallas. Very low maintenance, goes about his job, and can dominate a game. The big thing is just for him to be him, but also work on some of his weaknesses and I think he knows that. Again, the sky's the limit for him."

Lopez will be playing in the frontcourt with a physical and intense player in Garnett.

"I'm not looking for Brook to become the next Kevin Garnett," Kidd said. "I think Brook is an intelligent kid and understands that I don't need him yelling and screaming and talking to himself, I just need him to be Brook. I think the biggest thing KG will probably improve his game one percent, and if he does that, then hopefully we're still talking here in June."

Lopez is coming off the best season of his career. He averaged 19.4 points, 2.1 blocks and finished fifth in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating.

Lopez recently told ESPNNewYork.com he's 100 percent healthy after undergoing offseason surgery on his right foot to have a screw replaced.

"We just want to win, that's the bottom line," Lopez said.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8