Brook Lopez ‘really enjoying’ first year with Lakers, twin brother Robin says
By Bill Oram
LOS ANGELES — When the NBA’s Lopez brothers were growing up in Los Angeles, the Lakers were as good as gods. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave way to Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
“The Lakers, for us they were the biggest basketball team in the world,” Bulls’ center Robin Lopez said. “That’s our definition of the NBA. That’s what comes to mind in our head, you know?”
Now, Brook Lopez, Robin’s twin brother, is the Lakers’ starting center, a fact that continues to amaze both brothers.
“I know he’s definitely enamored with that aspect of it,” Robin said. “I don’t think it will ever fade with him.”
Robin said his brother is “really enjoying” his first season with the Lakers and “relishing his role,” which includes being one of the few veterans on a team populated with 20-year-olds.
The twins, who faced off in Tuesday’s matchup between the Lakers and Bulls, are in their 10th season after both were drafted in the first round in 2008. While the Bulls are Robin’s 10th team, Brook is experiencing something new. He spent his previous nine seasons in Brooklyn with the Nets, a franchise that cycled through nine head coaches during his tenure.
After years of things changing around him, Brook Lopez is now the change.
“It’s a lot of things,” Robin said. “It’s a completely different organization, coaching staff. But I mean he’s always dealt with that well.”
Through his first 17 games with the Lakers, Brook Lopez was averaging 15.4 points, his lowest output since his rookie season, when he averaged 13 points. His minutes, 24.3 per game, are also the lowest of his career.
When Robin Lopez tunes into games, however, he’s not studying the intricacies of his brother’s performance or trying to interpret whether he’s in for a good night or a bad one.
“I think just on […]