Reggie Evans Says Brook Lopez Was ‘Tougher’ Than DeMarcus Cousins In Practice

Brook Lopez and DeMarcus Cousins. Photo Credit: Sideline Today

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Reggie Evans has the duality of being both likable and honest. A thirteen year NBA veteran, Evans spent 13 seasons in the league with seven different teams and homeboy was a rebounding behemoth.

He’s also one of the most quotable. Earlier in his career when Evans was a member of the Seattle Sonics and missed taking a urine test, he laughed off the suspicion of any foul play by telling reporters, “I’m just cleaner than clean. I’m Cleaner than Pine’-Sol.”

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 05: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Reggie Evans #30 of the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center on January 5, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.The Nets defeated the Kings 113-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Where they do that at Reggie? Where on Earth did you get such a phrase?

“In the neighborhood,” Reggie Evans told me last week on the Scoop B Radio podcast.

“Man we got all kind of little phrases we be saying. You know, you got my mom who jokes a lot and clowns a lot. One thing about us we are some down south people, we’re some country people. So when you really get down into the roots of how deep the country goes and growing up on the dirt roads.”

Added Evans:

“You’ll be having so many uncles and cousins that’ll be talking. They say the most slickest things that you’ll be crying and laughing. You’re hearing your grand daddy saying so much stuff that it comes natural. You just have to be around us and we say some off the wall stuff and it gets to be so funny but it is also catchy.”

A 6’8 power forward forward, Evans went undrafted in 2002. The Pensacola, Florida native attended Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before transferring to the University of Iowa where he led the nation in free throws attempted, free throws made and double-doubles. Evans also led the Big Ten Conference in rebounding in 2001 and 2002 and was named Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2001, second-team All-Big Ten in 2002, and Honorable Mention All-American in 2001.

I first covered Reggie Evans during the 2012-13 season, while I was a staff writer for BrooklynFans.com.

That season was special because it was the Brooklyn Nets’ inaugural season in Brooklyn at Barclays Center. Evans stood out to me because he was passionate about defense and grabbing rebound and he was quick too! He also seemed to influence Brook Lopez.  “To be honest with you when I got to Brooklyn; you can even ask Brook this, but I told him: ‘you are going to make the All Star [team]this year,’” he said.

Lopez would be named an NBA All Star during the 2012-13 season. He also participated in the Shooting Stars Challenge. “I told him: ‘your toughest opponent is going to be me in practice,’” said Evans. “Everything worked out in his favor,” said Evans. “Brook is solid. Brook to me he isn’t soft.”

Brook Lopez lacing up his sneakers. Photo Credit: NBA.com

Lopez was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. He joins a young roster that includes 2017 top draft pick Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr.

Evans was traded to the Sacramento Kings during the 2014-15 NBA season. While there, he backed up all star forward, DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins’ game is special.

A 6’10 forward, Cousins can create his own shot, push the ball on the fast break, out-rebound centers and dish the no-look pass better than your favorite point guard.  

Cousins, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, has played well the first two games of the 2017-18 season.

While on Scoop B Radio, Evans weighed in on the difference between Lopez and Cousins in practice. “Brook was tougher,” said Evans. “You know what is so crazy? Brook was tougher, but you’re talking about practice.”

Not a game, not a game! Somebody get Allen Iverson on line one.

 

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“DeMarcus, when those lights came on, that popcorn came on,” said Evans. “You know you would have gotten this 30 something and 15 rebounds guaranteed with DeMarcus. You can stop Demarcus in practices and stuff, but in game time [situations] you aren’t stopping him. I have to pick Brook as the tougher guard in practice than in game time. You aren’t going to stop Demarcus period.”

Aside from giving expert analysis of the game, Evans is still attached to the game. He played in Ice Cube’s Big 3 league over the summer and he says he’s going to play in it next year, also. Community is also important to him. He still resides in his hometown, Pensacola, Florida and he says he’s interested in real estate and mentoring youth. A father himself, his kids are playing sports, so he decided to leave his imprint through sports. “I had to start a whole program,” he said.  

“To put a lot of structure and discipline in the game and bring  a lot of love in for the game. You know it is a football state so I got all that rolling.”

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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B.

As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin’ Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He’s also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine.

He’s a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University.

You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit ScoopBRadio.com to listen.

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