Robin Lopez's mom raves about Knicks, Phil Jackson
Robin and Brook Lopez's mother must be quite the woman. Raising two 7-foot behemoths to become legitimate NBA players is nothing short of amazing. And now, she's speaking about her son, Robin, signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Knicks to play across the river from Brook.
From Marc Berman of the New York Post:
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Debbie Ledford’s fantasy is for her twin sons, Robin and Brook, to become NBA teammates. Instead, they will share the same city — if not the same franchise.
“To be honest, my dream is they would play on the same NBA team and I know that’s unlikely,’’ Ledford told The Post via phone from her Fresno, Calif., home. “But I’m happy for them. They are both in New York City. Both teams, they got a great deal of potential.’’
Two days after Brook Lopez agreed to terms to remain in Brooklyn, his 7-foot brother signed a four-year, $54 million deal with the Knicks. Robin Lopez is not an All-Star like his brother, but he’s a desperately needed center on a height-challenged Knicks roster.
Ledford said Robin, whose personality is personified by his wild, big hair, became instant buddies with Knicks president Phil Jackson after they met Thursday in Los Angeles. The Zen Master has his eccentric side, too.
“I know they hit it off in that respect,’’ said Ledford, a 6-foot former world-class swimmer at Stanford in the 1960s. “Rob and Phil will get along very well. Phil and Derek Fisher, they had a great conversation. Derek seemed a man of class. Robin enjoyed it.’’