NEW YORK -- For nine seasons, Brook Lopez survived numerous coaches and teammates, played home games in three arenas and avoided getting traded several times.
Lopez finally was traded by the Nets last June for D'Angelo Russell and Friday the franchise's career scoring leader returns as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nets used their first-round pick in 2008 to select Lopez out of Stanford. He began his career on the first team after Jason Kidd was traded, played two seasons in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., and was the leading scorer on a 70-loss team.
Lopez heard his name linked to various deals for Dwight Howard, who was then with the Orlando Magic, and was almost dealt to Oklahoma City for Reggie Jackson in 2015.
In 2017, he finally was traded on draft night for Russell, who was viewed as a disappointment in his two seasons with the Lakers and was cast off so Los Angeles could draft Lonzo Ball.
Ball is recovering from left knee soreness and won't play Friday night.
The question is how much will Lopez play on a night when he is certain to get a video tribute and rousing applause from fans. >> Read more
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