Bucks center Robin Lopez reveals struggle of being Brook Lopez’s twin
While Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez competes with Team USA in China for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, his twin brother, Robin Lopez, had the chance to slyly jab at the former’s expense with little in-person recourse.
Robin Lopez, 31, signed a two-year contract with his brother’s team in the summer, reuniting the twins after more than a decade apart. Both Lopezes played together for the Stanford Cardinal in college before going pro, and both had very different career paths in the NBA. While Brook was a lottery selection by the then-New Jersey Nets in the 2008 draft, Robin was selected in the middle of the first round.
The rest of their respective careers played out as such, with Brook anchoring the Nets and becoming a one-time All-Star before finding himself on the Bucks. Robin, meanwhile, was a consummate professional and turned into a respected veteran, playing for various teams including the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls.
The eccentric Robin, who often finds himself dueling with NBA team mascots, tweeted on Friday afternoon that he feels a certain sense of relief when he denies he is Brook.
A little pleasure in life is being able to say ""God no" when people ask me if I'm Brook Lopez
Karma quickly comes back around when they insist I must be him as if there's no obvious alternative
…guess what I'm saying is I wish we had more nationally televised games last yr
— Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) August 30, 2019
Lopez references the number of nationally televised games his Bulls played in last season. The 2018-19 Chicago team only saw themselves broadcast from coast-to-coast on three separate instances, with a 22-60 record partially explaining why the country’s third most populous city was rarely seen on national TV.
The Lopez twins are sure to fill the 2019-20 season with laughs as they finally team up together on the Bucks, however.