Robin Lopez pulls off the Dream Shake against Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is regarded as one of the best defensive players in the league. However, on Saturday night, Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez got the better of him on one particular play.
RoLo took the All-Defensive Team center down on the block and shook him with his own version of the Dream Shake:
RoLo vs. JoJo
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) April 7, 2019
Despite getting embarrassed on the play, Embiid and the Sixers were by far the more dominant team on the night. Philadelphia cruised to an easy 116-96 win over Chicago.
Embiid led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. Lopez, on the other hand, scored just eight points and grabbed just three rebounds.
Nonetheless, the Bulls have had basically nothing to play for ever since the calendar year changed, as they look forward to June’s NBA draft. Likewise, they have prioritized developing their young prospects this season.
Yet, despite being the oldest player on the team, Robin Lopez has still been a major contributor for the rebuilding Bulls.
Lopez started the season playing off the bench behind rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. He was also involved in several trade rumors throughout the season. Moreover, many also thought that Chicago would eventually buy him out of his contract.
However, a season-ending injury to Carter Jr. helped Lopez regain his footing in Chicago. Since January 15, the day Carter Jr. sustained his injury, Lopez is averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 60.1 percent from the field.
With the way he has reinvigorated himself in the second half of the season, the Bulls opted to keep him for the rest of their campaign, as they saw the value that the 31-year old veteran can bring to their young squad.
Lopez is in the final year of his current deal and becomes an unrestricted free agent this season. It remains to be seen whether Chicago will retain his services next season. Surely, Lopez has showcased his value to the team as a much needed veteran presence in their locker room and on their bench.