Former Brooklyn Nets star Brook Lopez is still very much loved in his old home. Lopez, now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, received a very warm birthday greeting, along with a cake, from staff members at the Barclays Center.
Brooklyn Nets all-time leading scorer Brook Lopez turned 31 today and received a special birthday song and cake from workers at Barclays Center. pic.twitter.com/5WiN4GuIK2
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) April 2, 2019
Lopez and the Bucks were in town for a road game against the Nets. The birthday boy proved to be a lucky charm for Milwaukee as they won, 131-121.
The seven-foot big man finished his night 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four blocks in 33 minutes to help the Bucks secure win number 58 on the season.
Lopez, who turned 31 on April 1st, played nine seasons with the Nets franchise, five of which were in Brooklyn.
The Stanford standout arguably had his best years in Brooklyn, where he became an All-Star in the 2012-13 season. It is where he established himself as one of the best low-post scorers in the game.
However, the Brook Lopez we saw in Brooklyn is no longer the same Brook Lopez we are seeing in Milwaukee. As mentioned, he was a beast on the low-post back in the day. But with the way the game has changed, so has Lopez.
Splash Mountain, as he is now known, has since become a gunner from downtown. Lopez actually started honing his outside shot in his final year in Brooklyn. With his transformation as one of the best-shooting big men in the league, he has found the perfect situation in Milwaukee.
The Bucks have given Lopez the greenest light possible to fire away from downtown. He has obliged to do so, as over 60 percent of his shots this season are coming from beyond the arc. Moreover, Lopez has also helped Milwaukee establish the best defense in the league with his steady rim protection.
Certainly, Lopez is a vital piece in the Bucks' surprising run at the top of the NBA this season.