Stein: Blazers ‘Thrilled’ With Lopez, Not Seeking Trade For Asik

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

Last week, Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe, both of Grantland.com, discussed the possibility of a trade between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Rockets which would send center Omer Asik to Portland in exchange for Robin Lopez and a bunch of other pieces. But today, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein says no such trade is likely, as the Trail Blazers are perfectly happy with Lopez holding down the paint as the team’s starting center …

My Grantland pals Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe recently had a compelling podcast discussion offering all sorts of reasons why the better-than-expected Portland Trail Blazers might be moved to try to upgrade from Robin Lopez to Asik at center by offering Lopez and another quality asset in exchange for Dwight’s disgruntled backup. All indications at this point, though, suggest that Portland is thrilled with Lopez’s impact and not planning to make a run at Asik. Houston is similarly lukewarm on the idea.

This always struck me as somewhat risky move to make, especially for a team already playing their best basketball in recent memory. Maybe Lopez isn’t the player that Asik is, but he’s close enough to make a move like this unnecessary. If there’s a move for the Trail Blazers to make, you would think it would be something a bit less drastic than trading away their starting center who is also very popular among his teammates.

(h/t Ben at Blazersedge.com)

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Robin Lopez On The New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer, Light Sabers And Black Stormtroopers

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
1 year ago

Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez discussed the recently released trailer for the upcoming “Star Wars” film “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” after Tuesday’s shootaround at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Lopez, who was given approval by the Portland Police to watch the trailer while driving to the team’s practice facility, would go on to hit the first game-winner of his career roughly 10 hours later, lifting the Trail Blazers to a 105-103 victory.

Lopez discussed his general thoughts on the trailer, the reaction it has received around the internet, the features of a new light saber shown in the clip and why it’s dumb to complain about black Stormtroopers.

Robin Lopez: It was fine. Obviously they only showed so much, but they could make 10 bad “Star Wars” films and I think any new trailer is going to get a certain response just based off how popular and how endearing the first three are.

They’ve already made two bad “Star Wars” films, arguably three…

Robin Lopez: I’m going to go with three. I’m not a fan of the last one.

I’m not either, but I was trying to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Robin Lopez: Regardless, there’s a certain fan boy glee you get out of hearing the “Star Wars” fanfare paired with the Millennium Falcon doing aerial acrobatics. What’s not to love about that?

I was surprised by how much people were complaining about it.

Robin Lopez: What’s to complain about, you know? I don’t know what you can really complain about in it. It did what it’s supposed to do. It’s a teaser.

You’ve got Tatooine, you’ve got the Millennium Falcon…

Robin Lopez: Possibly the only thing is the light saber might be a little ridiculous, but that’s a very minor, minor, minor, minor complaint. I mean, I don’t think it’s out of place in the “Star Wars” universe. I’m not a fan of it…

I don’t know, I thought it might keep the Sith from getting their hands cut off, but other people said it would increase the likelihood of cutting off your own hand.

Robin Lopez: I would hope there’s something below the saber hilt or the laser hilt. There’s some kind of other hilt I suppose, but I don’t know.

What do you think about some complaining that there’s a black Stormtrooper? That seems like a rather odd complaint. It is a universe, after all.

Robin Lopez: It seems very odd considering the multitude of people and lifeforms in the universe and how far The Empire has spread it’s reach. That there’s a quibble about a black Stormtrooper, I can’t really comment on it because I don’t understand the complaint at all.

I still can’t figure out why there are only human storm troopers. How are there no alien storm troopers?

Robin Lopez: In reality, how many storm troopers have we seen without their helmets on? Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, neither of which really counts, and now this dude. There could be anybody in those helmets.

The only time we really see Stormtroopers without their helmets on is in the scene with all the Jango Fett clones.

Robin Lopez: Those are the clone troopers. I’m saying, as far as actual Stormtroopers from the original trilogy, we really haven’t seen them.

They could be all black!

Robin Lopez: Yeah! You don’t know what they look like under the mask. I don’t understand the complaint.

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Robin Lopez On The New 'Star Wars' Trailer, Light Sabers And Black Stormtroopers

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
1 year ago

Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez discussed the recently released trailer for the upcoming “Star Wars” film “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” after Tuesday’s shootaround at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Lopez, who was given approval by the Portland Police to watch the trailer while driving to the team’s practice facility, would go on to hit the first game-winner of his career roughly 10 hours later, lifting the Trail Blazers to a 105-103 victory.

Lopez discussed his general thoughts on the trailer, the reaction it has received around the internet, the features of a new light saber shown in the clip and why it’s dumb to complain about black Stormtroopers.

Robin Lopez: It was fine. Obviously they only showed so much, but they could make 10 bad “Star Wars” films and I think any new trailer is going to get a certain response just based off how popular and how endearing the first three are.

They’ve already made two bad “Star Wars” films, arguably three…

Robin Lopez: I’m going to go with three. I’m not a fan of the last one.

I’m not either, but I was trying to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Robin Lopez: Regardless, there’s a certain fan boy glee you get out of hearing the “Star Wars” fanfare paired with the Millennium Falcon doing aerial acrobatics. What’s not to love about that?

I was surprised by how much people were complaining about it.

Robin Lopez: What’s to complain about, you know? I don’t know what you can really complain about in it. It did what it’s supposed to do. It’s a teaser.

You’ve got Tatooine, you’ve got the Millennium Falcon…

Robin Lopez: Possibly the only thing is the light saber might be a little ridiculous, but that’s a very minor, minor, minor, minor complaint. I mean, I don’t think it’s out of place in the “Star Wars” universe. I’m not a fan of it…

I don’t know, I thought it might keep the Sith from getting their hands cut off, but other people said it would increase the likelihood of cutting off your own hand.

Robin Lopez: I would hope there’s something below the saber hilt or the laser hilt. There’s some kind of other hilt I suppose, but I don’t know.

What do you think about some complaining that there’s a black Stormtrooper? That seems like a rather odd complaint. It is a universe, after all.

Robin Lopez: It seems very odd considering the multitude of people and lifeforms in the universe and how far The Empire has spread it’s reach. That there’s a quibble about a black Stormtrooper, I can’t really comment on it because I don’t understand the complaint at all.

I still can’t figure out why there are only human storm troopers. How are there no alien storm troopers?

Robin Lopez: In reality, how many storm troopers have we seen without their helmets on? Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, neither of which really counts, and now this dude. There could be anybody in those helmets.

The only time we really see Stormtroopers without their helmets on is in the scene with all the Jango Fett clones.

Robin Lopez: Those are the clone troopers. I’m saying, as far as actual Stormtroopers from the original trilogy, we really haven’t seen them.

They could be all black!

Robin Lopez: Yeah! You don’t know what they look like under the mask. I don’t understand the complaint.

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Robin Lopez Mascot Beef Spills Over Into Major League Baseball

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

Friday night, Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez was in Seattle to throw out the first pitch at Safeco Field prior to the Mariners defeating the White Sox 4-1.

Looks like he threw a strike. A bit of movement on that pitch as well. Nice work RoLo. But anyone who knows Lopez’s history knows that the first pitch was likely little more than an excuse to be within punching distance of the Mariners mascot, Mariner Moose, who obviously didn’t realize what kind of trouble he was getting himself into …

After sparing with numerous NBA mascots last season, Lopez is now using his downtime in the offseason to bully some MLB mascots by dunking on their heads and pushing them to the ground for their lunch money …

You’re next, Lou Seal.

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