- Posted: 11:53 AM, June 20, 2012
But when we exchanged greetings after the game, Brooks wasn’t interested in talking much about either his 28 points or his team’s loss.
“Do I look bigger?” he asked, before adding with a smile, “Don’t lie now.”
I didn’t have to lie to him, as Brooks does look a little bigger after several weeks of working out in the program put together by Nets strength and conditioning coach Dr. Jeremy Bettle at the team’s practice facility.
Brooks said that he’s put on about six pounds so far this summer, and that he hopes to put on three or four more before next season begins. He said that he’s been at the gym working out with fellow rookie Jordan Williams, as the two prepare to lead the Nets Summer League team next month in Orlando.
For what it’s worth, besides looking a little stronger, Brooks looked like much the same player he was last season. He made a couple of nice moves, including one play where he juked his defender right out of his shoes, and hit a few threes, but trying to take anything meaningful out of a performance in a game like this is, other than getting through it without picking up an injury, a waste of time.
Instead, we’ll see how Brooks looks next month in Orlando when he’s playing in the Nets system and with players he’s used to being around.
Brooks wasn’t the only Nets Summer League participant playing in last night’s game, as center Jeff Foote, who played for the Springfield Armor for much of last season – and also got a brief NBA call-up with the New Orleans Hornets – also was on his team.
Foote, a Cornell product, impressed the Armor’s coaching staff this past season in Springfield, where he averaged 15.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 55 percent from the field in 38 games.
Given the lack of size on the Nets roster at the moment – with Williams and center Johan Petro as the only big men currently under contract – it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Nets give a legitimate 7-footer like Foote a shot at making the team in training camp.