Lopez Anticipates Fresh Start With Hornets
(Robin) Lopez is currently rehabilitating from an operation earlier this month to repair a torn medial meniscus on the same left knee that has bothered him since early in the 2010-11 season.
His performance has sagged ever since the injury and last season he fell out of a starting role and averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14 minutes a game.
The 24-year-old makes no secret, though, that he views his move to the Big Easy as a fresh start after struggling to live up to expectations as Phoenix’s 2008 first-round draft choice (15th overall).
”I’m excited to be here. We’ve got a young, energetic group,” Lopez said. ”The good thing is we’ve got some youth that has a little bit of experience as well. If you look at their age you wouldn’t necessarily assume that, but it’s true and hopefully we can parlay that into something special.”