The stats tell us that Brook Lopez has had trouble adjusting to a different role in Los Angeles. Even after this vintage Blopez performance, he is only averaging 13 PPG on 42% shooting. This is after years and years in Brooklyn (a borough that is actually named after him) where he could be counted on to get you 20-ish PPG on 50%-ish shooting, no problemo.
A lot of players struggle when they go from being the first (and only option) to playing a more supporting role on a roster. Lopez might very well be the Lakers’ best player, but he’s not the one who needs to develop into a star like some others on the roster, so he’s not going to get treated like he’s the most talented one in the gym. I guess I can live with that, but I’m already yearning for the days when Lopez would go out and get you thirty, the Nets would lose anyway, and there was a sort of gleeful innocence about the whole thing.
It’s a terrible day for rain.