Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez is committing to the team's rebuilding process despite its struggles this season and the lack of draft picks in the near future.
"I enjoy what I do. You have to in order to be in the same situation for so long,'' Lopez said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "I enjoy coming in and seeing the guys every day, seeing this group of people, I really want to see something special built here."
While Brooklyn has the worst record (8-33) in the NBA, has lost 11 games in a row and will likely give up its first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics stemming from the Kevin Garnett trade, Lopez, 28, wants to see the Nets succeed with GM Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson, both in their first year with the franchise.
"We spent a lot of time with Brook this summer," Atkinson said. "Him being around and understanding what we're trying to do -- and I'll include Sean in that -- and constantly communicating where we're going, what we're trying to do, what our program is, he sees the stuff around it."
Lopez has played under 10 coaches since the Nets drafted him 10th overall in 2008. This season, he has averaged 20.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. His rebound average is his lowest of his career, excluding the 2011-12 season in which he played only five games.
"I've been really just super-impressed how positive [he is]," Atkinson said.
While the NBA trade deadline is March 1 and Lopez's three-year, $63 million contract ends after next season, he said he has not paid attention to any possible rumors.
"I don't read that stuff, so I don't hear about it," Lopez said. "Every now and then I hear something maybe from [the media], but personally I really don't pay attention to that stuff. So I haven't heard anything."