Yes, Brook Lopez had gone through this feeling before — like two days ago. There he sat, waiting for the call. And waiting a little more.

Last night in the fourth quarter, the Nets All-Star center awaited a call that never came as Andray Blatche played the entire session, scoring 10 of his 14 points. Lopez understood. After all, his first three quarters where hardly All-Star caliber.

“I get it,” said Lopez, who admitted he was “not at all” ticked to sit the whole fourth quarter. “Dray was going great, that group was going. I was fine with it.”

Just like he was fine with sitting Sunday until he was the final All-Star inserted for the East. He adopted the same policy then that he did in last night’s thrilling Joe Johnson-produced 113-111 overtime win against Milwaukee.

“It was a good show, definitely. Fun to watch,” said Lopez (19 points, 9 rebounds, 6-of-17 shooting), who returned for overtime and was ineffective (5 minutes, 0-of-4). “Watching guys like Joe and Dray and [Keith Bogans] it was entertaining.”

Sort of like Sunday. After admittedly growing antsy and darn near hyperventilating to enter in Houston, Lopez heard his name. He immediately started ripping off his warm-ups. LeBron James shook his head about the less than veteran move.

“I was taking them off by the bench and LeBron said, ‘You can do that at the scorer’s table. The ball boy will get it,’ ” said Lopez. “I told him I don’t do it this way. I usually take it off before the game because I’m starting.”


Hey, live and learn. And that’s what the Nets — and Lopez — hope happens after the young center’s first All-Star experience: that he learns. The 13th Net ever selected for the classic, Lopez played 11 minutes in Sunday’s game, scored three free throw points, grabbed five rebounds and missed his only shot — a 3-pointer.