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Brook Lopez eyes visit to 'Star Wars' set

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.-- While it’s unknown if Brook Lopez will actually fulfill his dream of getting to play a Wookiee in the next "Star Wars" movie, it does sound like he’s at least going to visit the set where the movie will be filmed. Lopez has connections because a friend of his works on the set.

“I think I get to go on a little, ‘go-see,’ or something like that, whatever the term is,” Lopez said Thursday. “If I can work it out, just check it out, behind-the-scenes, everything.”

Seems like Lopez is determined to make something happen.

“It’s working. It’s in the process of working,” he said. “You guys did a big thing for me [writing about my interest]. I can’t thank you enough. ... I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s going pretty good so far.”

Different year: Deron Williams did not want to make any comparisons between this season and last season as far as a turnaround is concerned.

“Why y’all keep going back to this year and last year,” Williams said. “We’re almost .500, we’re not in the same position as last year.”

Then again, there was also the short-lived Avery Johnson-era in Brooklyn -- which coincided with a tremendous turnaround under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

“Why do you want to talk about three years ago? That’s three years ago,” Williams said. “Why are we talking about this right now?”

But the slow starts ...

“We’ve talked about this as well,” Williams said. “We’ve had three different coaches the last three years, so we have to figure things out. That takes time.”

OK, then.

Williams on his calf: “It feels good. I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s fine. It’s fine. Put it that way.”

Lopez on his back: “My back’s fine,” adding that his current injury is not connecting to when he underwent back surgery while at Stanford.