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Updated Apr 6, 2011 - 10:25 pm

Robin Lopez dead weight for Suns

San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter, left, of Brazil, defends Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Sunday, April 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)

I'll admit that the NBA is not my favorite professional sport to watch, but I do enjoy watching a 7-foot, athletic, big man hone his craft and dominate in the paint. Unfortunately for me, when Robin Lopez is on the floor for the Phoenix Suns I get to see none of the above.

Lopez is dead weight for the Suns and they need to come to their senses and get rid of him.

The 7-foot, 255 pound big man was drafted out of Stanford in the 1st round (15th overall) in the 2008 NBA draft by the Suns. When I saw this pick I was excited about the potential. A big man with athleticism and a brain, there isn't a much better combination in the NBA. Unfortunately for Lopez and for Suns fans, he has yet to leave a positive mark on this team.

Lopez is now in his third season and his career averages are nearly 15 minutes, 3.3 rebounds and 6 points per game. But the disappointment in Lopez's career is not just in the numbers, it's in the effort or lack-there- of. Sometimes I wonder if Lopez knows what quarter it is when he comes into the game or if he even knows who's winning.

I once had a very good source tell me that they "had never seen a basketball player hate playing basketball as much as Robin does."

Really? The Suns are paying this guy nearly $2 million dollars this season just to show up and act like he doesn't even want to be there?

I know this is not the first time an athlete goes pro and makes money but doesn't really enjoy the game. It's the only thing some of these guys know how to do and have done their entire lives and don't know what else to do.

I just have a problem with athletes that have an amazing God given talent and the opportunity to do something that not many people do and they blow it. They take it for granted. I know he may not be the most talented and most skilled but you can ALWAYS work hard.

I think it's telling when Lon Babby, the President of Basketball Operations, can come on the air and say that "there is nothing physically wrong with Lopez."

Meaning it's mental? If it's a mental issue it's definitely time for the Suns to get rid of the dead weight and get rid of Robin Lopez. Time to fish or cut bait. The Suns need to realize he won't be the player they thought he would be and nobody can EVER make somebody want something. They have to want it themselves.

P.S.

Against the Bulls Lopez was in for 3 minutes and had 4 fouls, 0 points and 0 rebounds. Against the Timberwolves he had 3 fouls in 6 minutes of play with 0 points and 1 rebound. I rest my case.

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