So I know we’re knee-deep in playoff mode right now, but this needed to be shared. Shawn Donnelly of Made Man caught up with Brooklyn Nets center and first-time All-Star Brook Lopez to talk about himself, being a twin, his love of Michael Jackson, his advice about talking to women, and his guess at what NBA basketball player has the best chance of breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s *ahem* womanizing record. (Hint: it’s a teammate.)
Here’s some of my favorite excerpts from the wide-ranging interview:
MM: Do you think you’re the best big man in the league?
BL: I don’t know about that. I think I’m one of the best, definitely.
This is perhaps the first time I’ve ever heard Lopez compliment himself.
MM: They’re making a sequel to the movie Twins. Are you excited?
BL: Well, I don’t know why they didn’t ask me to be in it. No appearance request or anything.
MM: Did you see the first one?
BL: I actually haven’t. Do I need to go watch that tonight?
MM: Yeah, you do. Stop everything and watch that, possibly twice. What’s the most common twins question you get?
BL: Probably about like ESP and stuff. Like if (Robin) gets hard-fouled or something, do I feel it.
MM: And do you?
BL: No. But there are situations where, if you asked us a question, we would both have the same answer and both think of it at the same instant.
Even if the question is “which one of us got dunked on by the other?”
MM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten about women and who gave it to you?
BL: I don’t know if anyone has ever given me great advice, but I say, just be yourself and be straightforward. Don’t try to be anything you’re not. That’s what I’m always telling my buddies.
I would pay for a weekly radio show where Brook Lopez gives romantic advice to callers.
MM: This is kind of a crazy one, but… Wilt Chamberlain–
BL: That’s not a good start to this question!
MM: Wilt Chamberlain is known for bedding 10,000 women. (Note: the rumor is 20,000, not 10,000.) What current NBA player has the best chance of breaking that record?
BL: Oh, I don’t know. I’m going to go with my guy, Hump. Kris Humphries. I think he’d take that as a compliment.
MM: Well, he’s got the right nickname for it.
BL: Ha ha. I didn’t say that, you said that!
MM: What’s your favorite pregame song to get you hyped up?
BL: I used to always listen to Michael Jackson’s “Speed Demon” before every game. It’s my favorite Mike song, probably my favorite song ever. I enjoy it. It’s a fast song, gets me going.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom for guys?
BL: Do the opposite of what I’d do and you’ll be fine.
Read the entirety of the interview below.