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Robin Lopez sounds like he’s comfortable in the Big Easy

Aug 24, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

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Things did not really end all that great for Robin Lopez in Phoenix. He was injured. Marcin Gortat took his job. He wasn’t a natural fit with the Suns up-tempo style.

He sounds a lot more comfortable in New Orleans, at least from what he told the Associated Press.

“With the exception of Phoenix, in college and high school I always played with low-scoring successful teams,” Lopez said on Thursday morning while working out at the Hornets’ training center. “That is something I can definitely get accustomed to here.”

The Hornets are going to be a defense first team. That’s their coach Monty Williams, who worked on that mentality last year. That’s their personnel, with Anthony Davis and Lopez as their big men.

Lopez is in recovery after knee surgery, but he should be back during training camp. He says he is looking forward to playing with the young gold medal winning first rounder.

“From what I’ve seen of him, he’s fantastic,” Lopez said of Davis, who was the star of Kentucky’s 2012 national title team. “He’s got great timing, long athletic. I don’t think I’m too bad of a defensive player, so we make a heck of a tandem down there on the defensive end. Hopefully we can kind of close down some lanes.”

The Hornets have some guys who can play. They may start the season slow but once they start to find an offensive groove, once guys like Lopez and Davis get comfortable, by the time we get after the All-Star break they are going to be a better team. The kind of team you want to watch.

  1. phx1311 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    I love my suns and enjoyed robin in small doses. i do think he will do much better in a slowed down system because he is not a guy who can get up and down the floor quickly. The only weird thing is I have no idea what his voice sounds like even after the four years he spent here.

  2. money2long - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    the player on the hornets i’m most intrigued to see do big things is austin rivers. and that first game against his dad? should be interesting to see what happens if austin get tackled to the floor on a flagrant foul and the camera panning in on Doc’s reaction. o yea, but robin lopez, yea, guess his name fits perfect playing alongside batman aka anthony davis. okay, that was dumb. lol

  3. imthedudedude - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Phx1311: I’m a die-hard life long suns fan myself. I agree with you completely. I remember games he would have 10 points and 6 rebounds within the first 5 minutes of a game. Then would end with 12 and 8. very frustrating player that I was glad to see go in the end, especially for W Johnson. Hahah and last thing, his voice was the deep Frankenstein soundin voice, haha only heard it a couple times but pretty similar to his brother. Good luck suns!!!

  4. phx1311 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    i want to hear his voice now lol its YouTube time!!!

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