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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Lopez reflects on All-Star experience

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- How was Brook Lopez’s first trip to the All-Star game?

“It was fun and good and nice,” the Brooklyn Nets center said on Tuesday.

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Brook Lopez finished with three points, five rebounds and three assists in his first All-Star Game.
Lopez ended up scoring three points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists in 11 minutes for the East squad.

“It was crazy to be sitting on the bench with guys like KG (Kevin Garnett), LeBron (James), Melo (Carmelo Anthony), to see them, and then we had so many first-time All-Stars,” Lopez, who leads all NBA centers in scoring this season (19.0 ppg), said. “So there were definitely a lot of the vets who were telling us to really take our time to appreciate this, take a lot from this and learn from it.”

As for being considered one of the league’s elite players, Lopez said, “It was definitely cool being grouped in that category. It was an honor in that regard. Just being out on the floor and seeing what those guys were doing was pretty impressive.”

Lopez was the lone Net who didn’t get any time off during the break, but he says he feels good physically and is excited to get back to playing regular season games again.

• Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said that power forward Kris Humphries needs to pick up his play and be more aggressive in all facets of the game.

Humphries, who could be traded by Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline, is averaging just 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds on 43.5 percent shooting.