Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez returned to practice today, after missing a little over two weeks with a lower back strain. While that’s normally cause for a player to talk about his improving conditioning level, or how he’s terribly excited to get back to playing professional basketball, you have to remember that this is Brook Lopez we’re talking about, and Brook Lopez has just but one goal (other than to play Tuesday): use his influence in the media to earn him the role of “Wookie” in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
You read that right: Brook Lopez wants to play “Wookie” in Star Wars. Per members of the media that spoke with Lopez today:
Besides lobbying to play Tues, Brook Lopez is lobbying Star Wars to add him as a Wookie in The Force Awakens. He definitely has the height
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) December 22, 2014
Big news from Brook? He wants to be in the new Star Wars movie. Thinks he's be a good Wookie.
— Colin Stephenson (@ColinASteph) December 22, 2014
Brook Lopez launched into a speech about why he should be cast as a Wookie in upcoming Star Wars. "You guys think I'm kidding, but I'm not."
— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 22, 2014
Brook Lopez wants to be a Wookie in the next Star Wars movie. He's asking for this to be a public plea to @starwars executives.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 22, 2014
Lopez has the height, and the voice, to make this happen. He’s also got the hair capabilities, as we learned last year when Lopez was visited at home by teammates while recovering from his foot injury.
Our final word: make it happen, George Lucas.