HoopsHype Robin Lopez rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates

Finally, despite the advice from his legal representation, Robin Lopez discussed the origins of his dispute with Piston’s horse mascot Hooper, who Lopez assaulted prior to Sunday night’s game at the Palace at Auburn Hills. “I think that was kind of an inherited blood feud in a way,” said Lopez. “I know that there was some bad blood between him and the Brooklyn Nets the night before. I’m not sure who orchestrated it but I can’t help but feel I was the victim of that a little bit.” The “bad blood” stemmed from the part Robin’s twin brother Brook played in a vicious beatdown of Hooper a few night’s before, which prompted Hooper to take to Twitter to challenge Portland’s Lopez, leaving Robin little choice but to defend his honor and that of his family. Forward Center

December 13, 2013 Updates

This seems a bit like a skit on Saturday Night Live, but Lamarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez appeared in a commercial for McLaughlin Auto Mall with some of the best singing and fake press conference material seen in a car commercial in a long time. Among Lopez’s endorsements: “In fact, that’s the whole reason I moved here. I loved the selection, the price and the service at McLaughlin Auto Mall … “ For The Win

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Hickson, who averaged 10.4 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Trail Blazers last season, says Portland is a special city to him and always will be. He just elaborated on why he's irked with comments the general manager made about him. And in the process, he took a jab at his replacement. “It just rubbed me the wrong way some of the comments that were made by [Trail Blazers general manager] Neil Olshey,” Hickson explained to CSNNW.com. “I heard something to the extent of, ‘For the Blazers to be better, we can’t bring JJ back.’ That was one of the ones that really caught my attention. I was like, ‘wait, what?’ And they go out there and get a new center [Robin Lopez] and he has only three rebounds.” CSNNW.com

To be accurate, Lopez had two rebounds in that season-opening 104-91 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. But you get Hickson’s drift. "He can say whatever he wants to say," Lopez responded. "I'm a true center." CSNNW.com

In all fairness, Portland did Hickson a huge favor in the summer of 2012. According to a source briefed on the situation, says the Trail Blazers giving Hickson that one-year, $4 million qualifying offer was substantially more than what other teams were willing to pay to a player who had just come off of a inconsistent 2011-12 season between his time in Sacramento and Portland. The platform of having a starting job, albeit at center, with starter minutes, helped him immensely in securing a three-year, $15 million deal with the Nuggets. There were not many or any opportunities for him to start at other places prior to the 2012-13 season. CSNNW.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

The recent offseasons haven’t been so easy for Brook Lopez. There was the bout with mono three years ago, and then the three foot surgeries that stalled his career. But all this time away from the court has provided Lopez an opportunity to advance his eclectic interests, specifically a script for an animated adventure/comedy that he and his twin brother — Robin Lopez, a center for the Trail Blazers — have been shopping to television networks. “We have a pilot all written out,” says Lopez. New York Daily News

Brooklyn’s All-Star center is quite serious about this endeavor, as well his future plans to create books, comics and video games. He and Robin have visited the studios at Disney and Fox, even sitting at a taping of “The Simpsons.” Like any Hollywood writer, he is keeping the details of the script a secret, providing only the theme. “This one is Robin’s brainchild,” Lopez says. New York Daily News

The recent offseasons haven’t been so easy for Brook Lopez. There was the bout with mono three years ago, and then the three foot surgeries that stalled his career. But all this time away from the court has provided Lopez an opportunity to advance his eclectic interests, specifically a script for an animated adventure/comedy that he and his twin brother — Robin Lopez, a center for the Trail Blazers — have been shopping to television networks. “We have a pilot all written out,” says Lopez. Brooklyn’s All-Star center is quite serious about this endeavor, as well his future plans to create books, comics and video games. He and Robin have visited the studios at Disney and Fox, even sitting at a taping of “The Simpsons.” Like any Hollywood writer, he is keeping the details of the script a secret, providing only the theme. “This one is Robin’s brainchild,” Lopez says. New York Daily News

September 16, 2013 Updates

Memorial High grads Brook and Robin Lopez were in Fresno Saturday to help out at a clinic headlined by hall of fame basketball coach Don Hurley. The 7-foot twins are prepared to begin camp in Brooklyn and Portland, respectively, and both expect big years. It's the 6th season in the NBA for the 25-year-old's, and while Brook has spent each of them with the Nets, Robin will begin his first with the TrailBlazers. KMPH

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The New Orleans Pelicans acquired guard Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings and center Jeff Withey from the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Dell Demps. “We are very excited to welcome Tyreke and Jeff to the Pelicans organization,” said Demps. “They are both young, talented players that fit in our system and can contribute to the success of our team moving forward.” In the exchange, the Pelicans dealt Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris to Portland and Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento. NBA.com

In his first interview since the trade agreement occurred, Robin Lopez tells CSNNW.com that he was at his home in Fresno, Calif., with family and friends when he got the news. “I heard the rumblings beforehand and then when it finally happened, one of my friends took me online and showed me and I was like, 'Okay. That's cool. I like Portland.' I'm excited to be in Portland. I'm going to miss the city of New Orleans, but this is a great opportunity for me to have an impact and play amongst some of the best fans in the NBA. I'll be closer to home, it's just a good situation.” CSNNW.com

July 4, 2013 Updates

As part of a sign-and-trade arrangement, Evans will come to the Pelicans on a four-year, $44 million contract. New Orleans will send guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings and center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers, sources said. Portland will send future draft considerations and cash in the deal, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The trade came after free-agent point guard Jose Calderon rejected a contract offer from the Kings, league sources said. The Kings had hoped to sign Calderon and trade Vasquez to another team. Yahoo! Sports

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