Found October 09, 2013 on Cascadia Sports:
Robin Lopez (Portland Trail Blazers Facebook Page) The Portland Trail Blazers confronted the Los Angeles Clippers at the Moda Center for their first pre-season game. It was not their most shining moment. As Coach Terry Stotts commented wryly, “It looked like a first exhibition game.” Blazers lost 81 to 89 to the Los Angeles Clippers, who benefited from the fresh leadership of acclaimed coach Doc Rivers. But the exhibition gave fans insight into what some of the team’s new acquisitions contribute, specifically Robin Lopez. Lopez is already the franchise’s most colorful personality this season with the hair of a Simpson’s character, a comic book in the works, and funny tweets such as, “Very flattering colors, they do wonders for my complexion. #redismycolor #blazers #bringsoutmyeyes.” His cat, Prince Edward Zephyr, features prominently in his social media presence; just search #pezwardisking . Blazers’ management, the team and fans have a lot of anticipation regarding the 25 year-old, seven-foot center.  Lamarcus Aldridge, who has stepped in and out of the center role during his tenure with the Blazers, made it clear that team management needed to provide a true center get to keep him happy.  In stepped Lopez.  Aldridge said in interviews with reporters that he is looking forward to Lopez providing support for his offense, making room for him in the paint and boosting his rebounds.  So the pressure is on for Lopez expectation-wise. Monday night provided the first glimpse of Lopez in the black and red.  His debut looked a bit frenetic.  He shot dismally, going 0 for 4 in the first quarter.  After the game he seemed discouraged by his performance: “I think maybe I was a little too overanxious, I was moving too quickly. I wasn’t stopping to take a second to think, a little too overzealous.”  But Lopez ended the night respectably with eight points and 10 rebounds.  What he lacked in precision he made up for with energy, especially on the boards, where he picked up seven of his rebounds on the offensive glass.  Coach Stotts looked to the positive: “I thought it was a solid effort (by Lopez). I think he would have liked to finish better offensively.” Lopez returns Wednesday, October 9, with his teammates to face against his former team, the Phoenix Suns. This perhaps more equitable match-up will further reveal whether the center will live up to expectations and whether his first quarter woes against LAC were really just exhibition game jitters.
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