Twins are always interesting. The idea of someone living a life with a doppelganger seem to evoke that childlike wonderment in us all. Take that inherit interest we all seem to have in twins, and stretch those twins into hulking 7 foot tall giants. Sounds even more interesting. Now, make those twins professional basketball players. --Humble, professional, wholesome, man-child basketball players. It sounds like something out of a Disney movie.
The Nets, as we all know are on the hunt for Dwight Howard. They’ve thrown everything they can and more than they even have at Orlando, with a package centering around their skilled center Brook Lopez, and still nothing seems to be on the Howard horizon. Nationwide, Brook Lopez is not a very well known basketball commodity. His basketball stylings are rarely on the national stage. Accordingly, people don’t really know who is is or what his game is about. With that, the talk that’s heard on ESPN reflects a lack of respect for Brook Lopez. Make no mistakes about it, Brook Lopez is good. --Very good. Rugged too. He has actually never missed a game. Defensively, he finds himself still learning the ins and out of playing defense for a living, but he is still young, humble and smart, Stanford smart in fact. Adding stellar defense to his 20+ppg could very well be in the cards someday.
Across the country in Phoenix, another young, humble and Stanford smart Lopez learns the ropes of the NBA. This Lopez, Robin, seems to be the exact opposite of Brook. He hasn’t really adjusted quite as well, he has battled some injuries and he struggles offensively, rather than on the defensive end of the floor. He’s also battled some frustration issues and has occasionally lashed out behind closed doors. Robin Lopez has had more competition in Phoenix and finds himself a few notches lower on the depth chart than his brother does. Could a change of scenery do him good? If the Phoenix Suns were to change Robins scenery, there is no team out there looking to make a splash more than the NJ, soon to be Brooklyn Nets. In their hunt for Dwight Howard it’s clear they want to change the face of their organization, they just haven’t found the pieces to make that necessary change. Enter, Robin Lopez.
Pairing up a set of twins on this level would be unheard of in the world of professional sports. Having these two in the same jersey would be great for the league. Brook or Robin would never be on the cover of a magazine as separate entities. As good as either may be, they are not transcendental talents. Together, on the same team, it would not be far fetched to picture these two on the cover of a magazine at all. As Disney as it may sound, these two complete each other. Something magical could very well happen if Brook and Robin were to be reunited on the basketball court. Yes, this magic could even turn them, (as well as many other players and draft picks) into Orlando Magic.
There is no place in the world the Lopez twins would rather be than Orlando. If you didn’t know, they love all things cartoon and all things Disney. They even visit Disney world quite regularly. They are, giant, literally enormous children. In the day and age of convincing your star players that your city is the right city for them, having players that want to be in your city, rather than a place with bigger lights or a different market would be a dream come true. From there, the idea of giant, wholesome twins playing together sells itself in the Disneyworld market. The Lopez twins would garner positive interest and energy in a post-Dwight Orlando.
The worst case scenario for the Nets, and I mean the VERY. WORST. CASE., Orlando rejects the double Lopez trade and Dwight Howard gets traded to the Lakers or Mavericks before the deadline and signs his contract extension there. If that were the case, could you find a more interesting big man duo than the Lopez brothers to forge onward into a new market in Brooklyn? Much like a post-Dwight Orlando, The Lopez twins could garner positive interest and energy in a post-Dwight NJ/Brooklyn too.