New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez's offense speaking volumes this season
So far this season, New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez's offensive production has been equaled only by his economy with words.
His numbers this year, though, are doing all of his talking.
Having spent four years previously with the Phoenix Suns, Lopez had pedestrian success on the scoring end of the floor, his minutes limited by circumstance and his scoring ability stunted by his primary role as a defensive post man.
Acquired by the Hornets this summer in a three-team deal, Lopez, 7 foot, 255 pounds, inherited the Hornets' starting center position from Day One and has dutifully embraced the challenge of growing his scoring output under the watchful eye of lead assistant coach Randy Ayers, who tutors New Orleans' big men, while deferring imcreasing platitudes about his ability.
"I'm just feeling really comfortable right now," Lopez said Thursday, after his second straight 20-plus-point performance Wednesday night (he had 29) helped the Hornets snap an 11-game losing streak with a 97-94 win over the Orlando Magic. "I'm just in the right place at the right time."