Bucks’ Brook Lopez jokes he’ll consider playing in Australia after getting ‘unreal’ support
Team USA big man Brook Lopez, of the Milwaukee Bucks, is still overwhelmed by the support he received from the fans in Australia.
The US men’s national basketball team had three exhibition games in Australia, which concluded with an 84-68 victory against Canada in Sydney on August 26. During that game, fans were cheering for Lopez, especially in the fourth quarter, for no apparent reason.
Now, Lopez is starting to entertain the idea of playing in Australia someday, per USAB.com.
“It’s there. That love, it was unreal. I’m going to have to text Bogs (Andrew Bogut), ask him what the professional league is like out here, maybe come out here and team up with him.”
But when asked as to why the Aussies seemed to adore him so much, BroLo’s guess is as good as anyone’s.
“I don’t, honestly. I was hoping that they’d keep Pop happy. Obviously, he was trying to fight it a little bit, but he finally acquiesced there at the end.”
Although a lot of Australian fans were upset that they weren’t able to see guys like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, and even hometown hero Ben Simmons during the exhibition games, they were still in full support of their national team, and Lopez gave them a huge props for loving the game of basketball so much. He also likes the potential of the Boomers to become a legitimate international powerhouse.
Team USA’s week-long stay in Australia has finally come to an end, and they will soon fly to China for the FIBA World Cup. But Lopez admits that he enjoyed staying in the country.
“It’s really been incredible. I think I can speak for the whole team – it’s been an amazing experience. The Australians have been so welcoming. Everyone’s been so welcoming. We had a great time competing on the court and just enjoying our time here off the court.”