Brook Lopez walked up onto the podium in the Nets’ main interview room and blew into the microphone sitting on the table in front of him, seemingly unaware of how the whole big-stage, bright-light thing worked.

"Is this right?" Lopez asked a team media rep as he sat down.


"Well I have nothing important to say, so it will be all right, anyway."

That, in a nutshell, is the new Brook Lopez; a player who is performing like a superstar and deserves a place on the postgame podium, yet prefers to be in the background and still isn’t used to the top-dog treatment.

But if the Nets’ 7-footer keeps performing like he has in the playoffs, and the Nets keep staving off elimination, he might have to accept his new role as a one of the best centers in the league and all the fanfare that comes with it.

Lopez scored a game-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Nets’ 110-91 win over the Bulls on Monday night at Barclays Center, making key plays throughout as the Nets avoided elimination and pulled within 3-2 in the series.