Nets rookie 7-footer Brook Lopez, who two years ago told my Arizona Daily Wildcat colleague Roman Veytsman he would pick Batman if he could be any superhero, and his twin Suns rookie 7-footer Robin Lopez will likely find it strange to be matching up against each other in an NBA arena after years of doing so on the playgrounds growing up.
The duo teamed up to earn McDonald’s All-American honors at San Joaquin Memorial High School before two seasons as Stanford’s twin towers, with Brook leading the way offensively and Robin doing the same on the defensive side.
It’s interesting that after Robin was drafted 10th overall by the Nets and Robin 15th overall by the Suns, they both spoke of wanting to improve on the part of the game that typically has been known as the other twin’s forte now that they’re apart.
As a Pac-10 fanatic who watched the Lopez twins whenever they were on TV last season, I think many people don’t realize how fantastic of a shooter Brook is around the basket. It seemed like he would never miss a turnaround jumper no matter how tough the angle was, such as the miracle shot that beat Marquette in the second round of the tourney.
That’s why the Charlotte Bobcats are going to seriously kick themselves on passing on Brook when they desperately need a player of his size and skill level, but nobody knows Brook’s inside game better than Robin.
That should make for a fierce inside matchup if the game so dictates it – and it likely will with Shaq’s minutes possibly curtailed a bit as the Suns embark on a four games in five days East Coast wing – and more than a little family bragging rights at stake with the twins’ brothers and mother in attendance.
Oh, and check out this video of Brook and rookie teammate Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-10 forward with a sweet jumper who was indefensible in the Pac-10 last year, trick-or-treating with costumes like a couple of kids.