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Robin Lopez: “I’ve been congratulated so many times on winning a championship this summer.”

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 29: Robin Lopez #15 of the Washington Wizards prepares to shoot a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers during Round 1, Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2021 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)

It seems as though Robin Lopez has enjoyed the fruits of his brother’s recent success. The veteran big man shared on social media that he’d received a bevy of compliments for winning the NBA title last month. The only problem is that he actually didn’t.

“I’ve been congratulated so many times on winning a championship this summer. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, so I’ve been saying thanks. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like I have won and pensively ask myself “Is that all there is…?”

Robin Lopez

Unfortunately, those who congratulated Robin had confused him for his twin brother Brook. He defaults to accepting the greeting but understandably takes some exception to it all. Brook Lopez stands today as the world champion Milwaukee Bucks’ starting center. Having joined the team in 2018, his defensive prowess and floor spacing ability helped turn the Bucks into an Eastern Conference powerhouse. The Bucks won the NBA title in a six-game series against the Phoenix Suns this past July.

The Lopez Twins: Brook & Robin

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31:  Robin Lopez #8 of the Chicago Bulls and Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets fight for a rebound during the second half at Barclays Center on October 31, 2016 in New York City. 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 Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Brook and Robin Lopez have led very different NBA lives. They both played at Stanford for their collegiate stints and entered the association through the 2008 NBA draft. The New Jersey Nets selected Brook with the 10th overall pick. Meanwhile, Robin headed west, as the Phoenix Suns took him off the board five picks later.

Though Brook became the better player based on his career numbers, Robin has proven a serviceable role player. His time in Phoenix, Portland, Milwaukee, and Washington show that. This past year, Robin stepped into a larger role in Washington once their starter Thomas Bryant went down to a season-ending injury. His contributions helped the Wizards down the stretch en route to a playoff berth.

For Brook Lopez, he started in a pretty bad spot. The Nets lined up among the worst teams in Basketball when they drafted him. Though he’d spend nine seasons with the team, Lopez only made three playoff appearances with them. All three appearances came after the organization moved from East Rutherford to Brooklyn. A 2017 trade sent him to LA, where he’d spend one season with the Lakers. He then signed on with the Bucks, where he’d enjoy the greatest success of his professional career: winning a championship.

Only once did Robin and Brook Lopez team up in the NBA. It came in the 2019-20 season; Robin signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee. Today, Brook hopes to help his Bucks repeat as world champions, while Robin sets himself up to start anew as he joins the Orlando Magic.

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