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Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez
Position: C
Born: 04/01/88
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $13,302,325
Playing high-level NBA defense is incredibly difficult. There are always naysayers claiming that nobody in the NBA plays defense, but the truth is offensive players are skilled and score with an efficiency that is tough to comprehend and even tougher to stop. “I’ve been kind of thinking about this,” Lopez said. “It’s just about making adjustments. We’re all kind of, both teams, I guess in basketball, you’re trying to create a box to control one team and keep a team in the box, and then they are getting out of it and vice versa. It’s kind of what you see happening in real time.”
“So I think for us, it’s all about making adjustments. That’s why when you start the game, you see how you’re guarded. We’re professionals, so it’s like, ‘OK, let’s do that. Let’s counter with that.’ And that’s the only reason that teams advance this far, being able to adjust and maneuver on the fly.” And while both Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have been great in the first two games, Lopez explained the Bucks’ focus defensively. “We keep trying to create a box to control one player, and CP (Chris Paul) is obviously such a smart player,” Lopez said. “He’s like having a coach out there. He’s very good at making reads. You see him in control, just kind of dribbling, calling players up, calling guys, really coaching from the floor. So, we have to be our best in being active in communicating with one another.”