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Typically this late into a NBA season, there has to be something motivating a player for the long haul of the playoffs. Whether that be the chase for that coveted championship ring, a new contract, or simply just the love of the game, there is something internally that motivates a player.
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has positioned himself as one of the best big men in the game today with his strong performance over the season and the playoffs. But with his team down 3 games to 2 in the quarterfinals, one more loss will end his season. On the brink of elimination when asked about what it is that motivates him, Lopez’s answer might just surprise you.
Per The Brooklyn Game: So what motivates him? Is it the desire to be the best basketball player to ever live? The competitive drive to rip his opponent’s throat out? The inner fire he channels to pour on the points and lead his team to victory?
According to Lopez:
“I don’t really have a social life. I like hanging out with my guys here. So I really didn’t want the season to end.”
Well at the very least, Lopez is extremely honest.
Perhaps you want your players more motivated by a championship or something along those lines, but whatever gets Brook going is fine with me.
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Brook Lopez has a funny reason for wanting the season to continue, aside from the obvious reasons of wanting his team to win.
Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Chicago 110-91 on Monday night, cutting the Bulls' lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.
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According to The Brooklyn Game:
Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams...
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Prior to Game 6, a must win for the Nets to stay alive, Joe Johnson said he’s a decoy on the court for the Nets as he battles plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
According to Newsday:
“Late in games, I try to do what I can do to get us over the hump. I just have to play through it and gut it out . . . It’s kind of like I’m out there on one leg now. I’m a decoy, a spot-up...
The Brooklyn Nets signed Billy King to a contract extension last week to remain general manager, but sources expect Mikhail Prokhorov to again pursue Phil Jackson.
Prokhorov reached out to Jackson following the dismissal of Avery Johnson.
Jackson is interested in an advisory front office position and not in returning to coaching.
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One of the great things that has come from the Brooklyn Nets/Chicago Bulls series is the re-emergence of Bulls guard Nate Robinson. In the third quarter of game four, Robinson showed Nets guard Deron Williams that his speed might be the most dangerous thing about him. Watch as Nate crosses Williams over and scores on a scooping lay-up:
The Nets took advantage of opportunities in Game 5.
The Brooklyn Nets won Game 5 by the same formula that worked for them in their series-opening win against the Chicago Bulls.
Let’s take a closer look at how the Nets staved off elimination.
Key Player: Deron Williams had it much easier vs Nate Robinson
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Chicago couldn't stop Brook at all tonight, simply put. This entire series has continued to act as a showcase of his clearly elite-level talent
I'll keep it short because it's late and I got back from the game pretty late too, but the Brooklyn Nets--facing elimination from the 2013 playoffs--stepped up in a massive way to hold on and beat the pesky...
Hinrich missed Game 5, a Nets win, with the same calf injury that is causing him to miss Game 6. Luol Deng, with some sort of viral infection, is out too
When: 8:00 PM; Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Where: United Center; Chicago, IL
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The series goes back to Brooklyn for Game 7 on Saturday. The winner gets Miami in the second round.
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