Robin Lopez is one of the more interesting characters in the NBA. He’s probably best known for his antics with opposing teams’ mascots.
Robin has had the career of an NBA journeyman, never sticking to one team for too long, and never reaching that true ‘star’ distinction. Throughout his career, Robin has played for seven different NBA teams.
He’s had some very memorable moments during his years, particularly some very entertaining ones with team mascots as he finds some way to beef with them.
— Shaqtin’ a Fool (@shaqtin) August 31, 2019
Because of the fact that Lopez doesn’t really have an established role with any team he’s been on, especialy recently, he always has this constant fear that one day he’ll be out of the league for good.
Robin Lopez Reveals His Worst Fear Is To Find Out The NBA Got Rid Of Him On Twitter
Despite all the emotions attached to the game, at the end of the day, the NBA is a business. Players are always expendable, no matter their contributions to a team or their time with that team. The same goes the other way as a player may choose to leave a team at any point without any prior notice.
Think back to DeMar DeRozan being traded from the Raptors or when the Chicago Bulls traded away Chicago native Derrick Rose. The reactions were extremely heartbreaking and emotional.
I saw this again today and I had to clip it to Twitter.
When players leave teams, they are disloyal snakes. But when teams trade players, “it’s just business.”
Derrick Rose reacts to being traded away from Chicago.
— kyle (@KyleCraven_NR) September 3, 2020
While Lopez isn’t the same kind of player Rose or DeRozan ever were, never having that kind of an impact on one franchise, he still fears that some day he’ll wake up and find out he isn’t in the league anymore.
Rose in the above clip at least had the benefit of someone calling him up and telling him personally. Lopez worries that he won’t even be privy to that kind of treatment and that he’ll find out on Twitter when he least expects it.
Every year I get more and more terrified the NBA, hoping to be rid of me, will start the season and not tell me and I’ll find out at home, on the couch, surfing Twitter while binging Bob’s Burgers.
It’s tweets like these that make me sit up in a cold sweat. https://t.co/3yWwPHfr7U
— Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) August 11, 2021
Lopez has played 13 long years in the NBA, and he’s always been a solid contributor. Lopez will be playing for the Orlando Magic this year, but it remains to be seen how much longer he’ll be effective in the league.