Robin Lopez reveals the origin of his mascot rivalry

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 09: Robin Lopez #8 of the New York Knicks on the bench during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Knicks defeated the Suns 128-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Robin Lopez is notorious for beefing with different mascots all across the NBA. The veteran big has been in back and forth feuds pranking mascots over the years. Though he seems always to be the one bullying them, the costume-wearers do sometimes get the upper hand on him.

In his 13 seasons in the league, Rolo has likely beefed with every mascot in the league. On today’s episode of JJ Redick’s podcast “The Old Man and the Three,” Robin Lopez revealed the origin of his mascot rivalry.

“I inherited the beef, actually. I came to Detroit one night with Hooper, the Pistons mascot. He came after me because he got stomped out by Brook, Andray Blatche, and the rest of the Brooklyn Nets earlier that season.

I inherited some kind of blood feud, and it’s continued to this day ever since.”

Robin Lopez via The Old Man and the Three

Robin Lopez also joined the podcast alongside his twin brother Brook. Brook recently won his first NBA Championship with the Milwaukee Bucks. Brook is obviously the more talented of the two brothers, a one-time All-Star and All-NBA Defensive 2nd team member.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Robin Lopez #15 of the Washington Wizards in action against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at Capital One Arena on January 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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However, Robin is arguably just as popular in the league thanks to his constant bickering with different NBA mascots. Shortly after on the podcast, Robin stated that he could trace the rivalry even further back to elementary school.

“It’s funny because I can actually, really trace it back to maybe third or fourth grade. I went to a Santa Clara basketball game. Thunder was the Warriors mascot at that point.

He was signing autographs and he asked for my name. I had a speech impediment so I said ‘Wobin’ instead of ‘Robin’. He signed it ‘To Robin. Where’s the W?’ So I’d like to give that as my formal origin of the beef against mascots.”

Robin Lopez via The Old Man and the Three

Watching Robin pester all these NBA mascots has been hilarious to watch over the years, and hopefully, we get to see it happen some more this season. Unfortunately, Robin likely only has a few more years left in him, at 33 years old.

Over the offseason, Lopez signed a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic. I wonder how he and Stuff the Magic Dragon will get along this year?

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