There are two words Nets center Brook Lopez does not want to hear.

No, not "Dwight Howard." But you're close.

Try "Yao Ming."

Lopez, the Nets 7-foot center who is rehabbing a broken foot suffered in the second and last preseason game, knows about all the whispers regarding big guys who suffer broken feet. Lopez had played three seasons without missing a game. Then he broke his foot. He would be very happy not being reminded Yao missed just two games in his first two seasons and then missed 168 over his final five.

So Lopez has heard it, but he insists he is not thinking — or concerned — about suffering a similar fate.