The Orlando Magic closed the hiring of Robin Lopez as soon as free agency started so that his veteran and experience would be at the disposal of the development of the young core Of the template.
Two virtues that you will need more in Florida than in almost any other destination. The Magic will enter the 2021-22 season as the third-youngest team in the NBA. In fact, the 33-year-old Lopez, the oldest player on the squad, will collide head-on with those ten who are still under 23 years old.
“I’ve agreed to be that veteran on some teams so far and that’s what I’m really looking forward to here now,” said the center as collected by information from the USA Today. “I’m going to do what I can. I think once the ball bounces and we see everyone in action I can help everyone a lot more. It will help me get an idea of what the strengths of these guys are. I will lead by example. I will be verbal when necessary but will do what each situation requires. “
The Magic present a youthful and intriguing core of players that includes Jalen Suggs, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, Cole Anthony, Franz Wagner and RJ Hampton. Diamonds in the rough that, whether due to injuries, the few opportunities received or the quality of a newcomer to the NBA, have not yet been able to demonstrate their potential. Still, Lopez has been very optimistic about the future of this group of players.
“We have a lot of very talented youngsters who have a lot of potential,” the player continued. “What I like about them is that they work hard in the gym and that is necessary. Everyone will have to hold each other accountable. They will have to be honest and support each other. “
A mentoring role in which Robin Lopez will be assisted by other veterans such as newly hired E’Twaun Moore (32 years old), Terrence Ross (30) and Gary Harris (26).
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