Fred Hoiberg needs a quick refresher on which Lopez the Bulls have (Ball Don’t Lie)

Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is really excited to coach his new center named Lopez, whom the Bulls imported from New York in the trade that shipped out former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, a deal that has received mixed reviews . There’s just one problem: he might not be entirely sure which Lopez he’s got. [ Follow Dunks Don’t Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Fred Hoiberg excited to coach Brook Lopez, uh Bulls got Robin Lopez. pic.twitter.com/Og1BOFiBCD — ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) June 27, 2016 Let’s help Coach out with a clarification: the Bulls just traded for Robin Lopez, the wild-coiffed defensive-minded 7-footer most recently employed by the New York Knicks, rather than Brook Lopez, the more closely-cropped offense-first 7-footer employed by the Brooklyn Nets. They look similar — twins often do — but despite their features and shared love of comic books , they’re discrete individuals. It might not be the ideal way to begin a new working relationship, but it’s an easy mistake to make. Besides, if you’re going to slip up, it’s best to do it during the offseason, and while your new big man is still coming off the high of visiting Shanghai Disneyland, the latest proof of his commitment to all things Mickey-and-company-related: Off to #ShanghaiDisneyland for the Grand Opening! Excited & grateful for the experience! #Disney #PeopleMover pic.twitter.com/gkVBHJINkm — Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) June 12, 2016 You should be all set, Coach. After a few days of visiting the Marvel Universe, riding Tron lightcycles and going on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, I’d imagine Robin’s so blissed out that he wouldn’t care if you called him Jennifer Lopez. More NBA coverage: – – – – – – – Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don’t Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , “Like” BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don’t Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

USA to head to Rio without James (Reuters)

(Reuters) – LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday. U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-times NBA champion and four-times league Most Valuable Player won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but after six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals James decided he needed rest.

USA to head to Rio without James (Reuters)

(Reuters) – LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday. U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-times NBA champion and four-times league Most Valuable Player won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but after six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals James decided he needed rest.

USA Basketball announce Rio squad lacking LeBron (AFP)

LeBron James, who cemented his status as an NBA great in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the championship this month, won’t play for the USA at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. USA Basketball named a 12-man squad for the Games on Monday that didn’t include James, confirming last week’s reports that he had withdrawn from consideration for the team. Cleveland star guard Kyrie Irving, who played a key role alongside James in bringing the first sports title to Cleveland since 1964 with the Cavs’ seven-game NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors, is on the 12-man squad that will try to bring a third straight Olympic gold home to the United States.

Olympics-USA to head to Rio without James (Reuters)

LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday. U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-times NBA champion and four-times league Most Valuable Player won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but after six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals James decided he needed rest.

Olympics-USA to head to Rio without James (Reuters)

LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday. U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-times NBA champion and four-times league Most Valuable Player won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but after six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals James decided he needed rest.

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