Just the look, the wild hair, the menacing scowl, the fiery eyes, the 7-foot frame, all conspire to paint a rather disquieting portrait of New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez.
Who is this rather ominous appearing individual who will anchor the middle on both ends of the floor for the Hornets this season?
Hornets Coach Monty Williams sees the hair, the appearance, the countenance and envisions the kind of basketball player he hopes will fill a void the team has had at the five position since Williams took over as coach in 2010.
"I see a guy who has tremendous size, defensive oriented, got some skill on the block has a pretty good IQ for the game and has a lot of passion," Williams said. "Sometimes that gets in the way a little bit. But it's a good thing. It's not negative or selfish. And he'll admit he's not your average NBA guy. But I kind of like that.
"So many guys in the NBA are cookie-cutout. One guy puts on those stupid glasses, everybody's putting them on. The next thing they'll be carrying canes to the games as fashion pacemakers. It's getting out of hand with all that. He's a guy who kind of walks on his own and doesn't care what people thing."
Label the 24-year-old Lopez eccentric, if you will. It seems to fit.
Yet the 7-foot, 255 pound Lopez, who's twin brother Brook plays the same position for the Brooklyn Nets, is off the court a thoughtful, soft-spoken, articulate, sometimes tempestuous individual who indeed marches to the beat of his own, singular drummer.