The New York Knicks might be too serious in preparing for this year’s season, but they sure could be fun with Robin Lopez around.
Recently, the Knicks announced they have reached a deal with free-agent center Lopez who averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Portland Trail Blazers last year. The deal was reportedly worth $54 million over four years.
The 27-year-old former Stanford player and the Knicks’ three other free-agent acquisitions were introduced in Las Vegas on Friday, and while most of the talk was about basketball, Lopez kept it light-hearted. He talked about mascots and a Harry Potter-like living situation instead of basketball issues. What a comic man indeed!
When Robin’s twin brother Brook re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets and then he signed a long-term deal with the Knicks, many wondered if the two brothers would end up living together. Robin scoffed at a notion that Brook would be living with him in a unique living situation.
“I think he said under the stairs, a la Harry Potter. It’s a very ‘Muggle’ response,” he said, using a term that only Potter fans would understand as one describing someone who lacks magical powers. “I think he’s trying to hinder or suppress whatever mystical abilities I may have. He can’t understand them and I don’t blame him for that.”
Truly, this newly-signed Knicks center is one with the better comic flair than his twin brother. Undeniably, the Knicks will start their season with fun and excitement as the 7-foot-tall Lopez joins their jaded team.
The Nets and Knicks have always had a small rivalry going based on the proximity of the two franchises to each other. Toss in the sibling rivalry of the Lopez brothers, the Nets and Knicks could now be bitter rivals.
Well, let’s just wait for the hard court clash of the twin brothers. Who knows, Robin can beat his brother Brook this time, not with his magical wand, but with his real basketball abilities!