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Brook Lopez is learning Japanese

Jan 21, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) argues a call from the court during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Nets won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 21, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) argues a call from the court during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Nets won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 21, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) argues a call from the court during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Nets won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports Ed Szczepanski USA TODAY Sports

Brook Lopez is a man of many interests. Comic books, Disney, animation...OK, so those are all pretty darn similar, but that doesn't shield the Nets starting center from being a intellectually versatile man.

Mike Mazzeo recently wrote a great feature on Lopez for ESPN, and in it, he mentioned some of the things the Stanford product is trying to learn. One of them? Japanese:

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Oh, and you likely didn't know, Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is also learning to play the piano and speak Japanese.

Yes, Japanese.

"I always go to Japan in the offseason, so I'm trying to get better at it," Lopez told ESPN.com recently, noting that he's also working on learning "the Kanji," Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese writing system.

"I know some words. I'm getting there."

Lopez dropped 26 points and pulled down seven boards during the Nets' opener against the Bulls.