Dwight Howard's name has been everywhere over the past several months.

Well, almost everywhere.

"I keep to myself mostly," center Brook Lopez said yesterday at the press conference to announce his re-signing with the Nets. "I read a lot of books and comic books, and they don't mention Dwight Howard too much."

Since the lockout ended last year, Lopez has been the centerpiece of any trade offer the Nets sent Orlando's way for Howard, the superstar center whom they hoped to pair with Deron Williams as the franchise prepares to debut in Brooklyn and the Barclays Center this fall.