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Robin Lopez gets defensive when compared to twin Brook Lopez

New Orleans Hornets v Brooklyn Nets

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 12: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets defends against Robin Lopez #15 of the New Orleans Hornets on March 12, 2013 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Robin Lopez and Brook Lopez do not look alike, at least not completely.

Robin, the Trail Blazers’ center sports a wild afro. His twin brother, Brook, the Nets’ center, has a closer crop.

But is that why they don’t look alike now? Did Robin grow out his hair to look distinct from Brook?

Robin, via Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest:

“People are going to be morons,” he said. “If people can’t tell us apart, they’re going to be morons either way. Letting my hair grow had nothing to do with trying to look different from Brook.”I came back with “But you guys do look alike.” And he looked me dead in the eyes and promptly replied in his deep voice, “no we don’t.”

If you read the rest of Haynes’ article, it’s clear Robin is joking. But many jokes are rooted in fact. Does Robin, deep down, resent looking like Brook?

I have no idea, but if were an opponent looking to get under his skin, I might bring it up. The way Robin is playing – having a career year to help the Trail Blazers to a 22-5 start – I’d try anything.

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On the other hand, bringing up Robin’s hair might just get you beat up.