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Milwaukee Bucks rumors: Brook Lopez to return before playoffs, per league insider

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A sigh of relief and a thing to look forward to for the Milwaukee Bucks faithful, as Brook Lopez is reportedly gearing in a possible return prior to the playoffs this season. 

Per ESPN’s Zach Lowe in the latest release of his ‘The Lowe Post’ podcast, the Bucks franchise is hopeful for the big man to make some progress and deliver a comeback before the postseason stage. 

What I’ve heard from inside the (Bucks) organization is they remain optimistic (Brook) Lopez is going to come back before the playoffs, maybe well before the playoffs. 

– Zach Lowe, The Lowe Post podcast (via HoopsHype)

In a November report provided by Eric Nehm of The Athletic, there is optimism within the organization that the stretch center would be able to suit up a Bucks uniform in this 2021-2022 campaign. 

Lopez hasn’t played a game yet since Milwaukee’s home opener against the Brooklyn Nets in October due to back complications. He underwent surgery last month and is currently listed as out indefinitely. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said that the ball club has no thinking that the medical operation conducted is bound to be career-threatening on the side of the veteran. 

“We feel good about the surgery today & he’ll begin his rehab and do everything he can I think to put himself in position to play for us.”

– Mike Budenholzer on Brook Lopez’ status, via Jim Owczarski of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Charging into this 75th season of the NBA as one of the title favorites, the reigning champion Bucks are prepared for a golden back-to-back journey to the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. Currently a third-seeded squad in the tight Eastern Conference, they are clinging on to the frontcourt presence of their Finals MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo, beloved fan-favorite Bobby Portis, and newly-acquired former league star DeMarcus Cousins while waiting for Lopez to return.

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