and Robin Lopez are a triple rarity: 7' tall giants, identical twins AND professional
basketball players. They practically do three impossible things before breakfast.
According to Wikipedia: BROOK: Brook Lopez was born in North Hollywood, Los
Angeles to Deborah Ledford and his now-estranged father Heriberto Lopez, a native
of Cuba. He was born into a life of basketball and art, as his grandfather played
at the University of Colorado. Lopez moved from Hollywood to Oak Harbor, Washington
while in second grade to be near his older brother, Alex, who was playing basketball
at the University of Washington at the time. He moved to his current hometown of
Fresno, California a year later, where he attended San Joaquin Memorial High School.
While there, he played with his twin brother Robin Lopez, as well as current Washington
standout Quincy Pondexter. Both teammates played with Lopez on their successful
AAU team, the Elite Basketball Organization (EBO), along with Derrick Jasper and
Tre'Von Willis, both of UNLV. His nickname is "Brook Cheese", because
he is very cheesey in NBA 2k10.|
Both Brook and Robin competed in the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game against several current NBA players including Kevin Durant and Greg Oden.
The 2006-2007 basketball season was Lopez's first season at Stanford University. He was honored as an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention while being named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds over the course of the season. His next season he averaged 19.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 blocks per game. In the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Lopez hit the game winning shot at the buzzer against the Marquette Golden Eagles to win 82-81 in overtime. He was named to the All-Pac-10 1st Team and a 3rd Team All-American his sophomore season. On March 31, 2008, both Lopez brothers declared for the 2008 NBA draft.
Lopez was drafted by the New Jersey Nets 10th overall. His twin brother Robin was drafted 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns. Brook Lopez began starting for the Nets after an injury took Josh Boone out of the line up. After putting up solid numbers he is now the starting center for New Jersey. His career highs are 37 points, 20 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Lopez was selected to compete in the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge. For his rookie season, Lopez averaged 13.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, playing in all 82 games of the regular season. He ranked 4th in the NBA in total blocks with 154 and 9th in blocks per game with 1.9, which was first among rookies. He finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the All-Rookie first team.
Brook Lopez has become very good friends with former Nets teammate Ryan Anderson and together during the regular season they starred in bi-weekly webisodes titled "The Brook & Ryan Show". Their adventures included Trick or Treating on Halloween & Cosplaying at a New York Comic Convention. ROBIN: Robin Lopez was born in North Hollywood, California to Heriberto Lopez and Deborah Ledford. He was born into a life of basketball, as his grandfather played at the University of Colorado. His aunt was an architect residing in the Bay Area. Lopez moved from Hollywood, California to Oak Harbor, Washington while in second grade to be near his older brother, Alex, who was playing basketball at the University of Washington at the time. He moved to his current hometown of Fresno, California a year later, where he attended San Joaquin Memorial High School. There, he played with his twin brother Brook Lopez, as well as current Washington standout Quincy Pondexter. Both teammates played with Lopez on their successful AAU team, the Elite Basketball Organization (EBO), along with Derrick Jasper of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Tre'Von Willis of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lopez was named MVP of the Adidas Superstar Camp Underclass All-Star game his junior year and to both the 2006 McDonald's All American team and the Parade All-American team his senior year.
Lopez was one of just three players for the Cardinal team to start all 31 games in the 2006�2007 season. He averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while averaging 24 minutes. He led the team with 73 blocked shots, breaking the Stanford record for a freshman and recording the second highest single season record in Stanford history. This mark also was the highest in the Pacific 10 conference. With his twin brother, Brook, the two blocked more shots than seven Pac-10 teams. Lopez also had two double-doubles on the season.
Lopez declared that he would enter the 2008 NBA draft on March 31, 2008, after just two seasons at Stanford. He was selected 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns. After being drafted by the Suns, Lopez said: "I was hoping I'd drop. I think I was the only person in the draft that was hoping he'd drop."