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Brook not bothered by Dwight Howard talk

There is no reason to doubt the speculation about the Nets' interest in acquiring Dwight Howard. When your starting big man, Brook Lopez, averages only 6.0 rebounds, the lowest amount ever in a season for a center who played at least 35 minutes per game, that's what happens. People question. People wonder.

But Lopez is not frazzled at all by the Superman talk. In fact, he seems to like it. He even pictures himself playing alongside the Defensive Player of the Year (The Star-Ledger).

"You know, I’ve played with bigs before -- on other levels, obviously -- with my brother [Robin], growing up,'' Lopez said. "So I think we could do it, if it came down to it somehow. By no means am I endorsing or going out there and saying stuff, but I think we’d find a way if that happened.''

Lopez still wears a sling on his right arm after he underwent surgery last week to remove calcium deposits and bone fragments, but he says he feels "great." And it showed today. This morning, he dug hoes to plant trees in Newark's Branch Brook Park, along with Nets mascot, Sly, and the Nets dancers. Then this afternoon, accompanied by minority owner Bruce Ratner, GM Billy King and assistant GM Bobby Marks, Lopez got his first tour of the Barclays Center construction site. (Teammate Deron Williams made the trip there two weeks ago.) Some precast concrete is now in place and officials expect to see the arena's distinctive skin going up within the next six weeks or so.

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