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Friday, February 22, 2013
Carlesimo: I don't like benching Brook

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo doesn’t plan to make a habit of benching All-Star center Brook Lopez in the fourth quarter. Lopez has played just seven fourth-quarter seconds in the last two games.

“I don’t like doing that,” Carlesimo said Friday. “It’s not something I want to do on a regular basis, and it’s something that’s probably not good for Brook.”

Lopez, who Carlesimo said was having “an All-Star hangover,” has handled the situation, as always, like a true professional.

“I thought Dray (backup Andray Blatche) was playing well both games,” Lopez said. “I thought for most of the first game I played well, I just didn’t play well in overtime. And in the second game, I just didn’t play well at all. That was that. But I feel good, honestly, and the most important thing our bench has been very strong.”

• Nets power forward Kris Humphries and shooting guard MarShon Brooks were rumored to be traded by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. But by the time it passed, both remained members of the team.

“It’s not really a relief because I’ve been doing this for a while,” Humphries said. “It’s just a part of February is trade season, so it’s like anything else. But we’ve got our guys that we’re moving forward and focusing on trying to end the year strong and get a good spot for the playoffs.”

How tough is it focusing on playing games when your name is constantly brought up?

“Well if you want to help us with that, don’t ask us questions about it,” Humphries responded.

Added Brooks: “I know what team I’m going to be on, so that’s nice to know, just to have that sense of security, just knowing that you’re going to be here for the rest of the season is a great feeling.

“It’s not easy, but I just try to be ready to play and try to deliver when my name is called.”