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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  16 responses

Alvin Gentry Disappointed With Robin Lopez

The big fella’s uneven play this season has failed to impress his head coach, Gentry tells the AZ Republic: “Lopez averaged 7.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game last season and is playing and producing less this season, getting 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds entering Tuesday night. His shooting percentage dipped from 59 percent to 51 percent, but that is because he has taken more mid-range shots, an area of improvement in his game. ‘That’s probably been the biggest mystery for our team,’ coach Alvin Gentry said when asked why Lopez’s progression has stopped. ‘In actuality, we really thought that he would probably be the second-most-important guy on our team, especially if he took a big leap. I’m not real sure if it’s the injury or what, but he hasn’t been able to give us the consistent play that we thought we’d be able to get from him. We could use it. It’s something that has hurt us a bit. We haven’t really had much inside play. Gortat gives us some. Other than that, we’ve been pretty much resigned to the fact that we’re a perimeter team. That hurts you when you’re going to rely on jump shots night in and night out, even as good of a shooting team as we are.’”

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  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    gortat’s dunk last night was drose-esque

  • bull22

    i would be too, especially when you see how brook lopez continues to improve.

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    Me 2

  • underdog

    Gortat is 6th man of the year bound.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Gortat is starter caliber, but the 6th man is for Odom this year.

  • Anthony

    @ bull22 brook lopez is is ok he aint improve dis year… rebounding, blocks, and dunks went down…. Big soft who can score…… Kinda like a pau gasol dats like 5 levels down but hes gonna be good hopefully…… Robin needs 2 just block rebound and dunk

  • RunNGun

    If he takes a pay cut, he can join the Knicks. The Knicks need someone to get 6 fouls in 6 minutes against Brook Lopez.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Make it happen, Walsh!

  • MUBWAR

    who cares about Lopez when they have my Fantasy stud GORTAT. I knew he had potential since he told SVG that he needs more touches. No Howard means plenty of opportunity that other big man don’t want.

  • elmaar

    let’s face it – there is no amare on the suns anymore – everything wasn’t just about stevie
    amare commanded so much attention which led to more open looks and easier boards for robin

  • JL

    yah we THOUGHT Brook was going to improve, instead he got super soft and didn’t bother. Might have been his mono bout, but it’s been way too long. Not sure why they both underperformed big time this year.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    he’s making Nash look ineffective out there lol

  • Mas

    Walsh! Just do it!

  • Jimmer Fredette

    thats like saying you were disappointed with jason collins

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    This just in: Alvin Gentry disappointed Vince Carter cannot perform through the leg 360 dunks anymore.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    The title of this story should be the winning caption for this months “sure shot”..

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