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Robin Lopez's Back Problems Are Worse Than You Realize

Suns center Robin Lopez will not play for Team USA this summer.

Lopez wants to continue rehabbing his injured back.

"I think it's just a precaution. His back is doing fine. Just precautionary," Robin's bother Brook told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse.

Precaution? Yes. Rehabbing? Yes. Is Lopez's back going to be a reoccuring problem for his ENTIRE career? Yes. Sorry to be the bearer of bad new Suns fans, but Robin Lopez's back is the elephant in the room. No one wants to acknowledge it. So I will. Brace for it Suns fans. Brace for Robin Lopez, err Robin Lopez's back to continually disappoint us for years to come. One round of disappointment has Lopez's back already served up. You remember. About 1 month prior to the playoffs commencing, the hottest team in the NBA (Phoenix Suns) put out word that their young, intimidating , defensive minded 7 footer(basically our first ever) would be out for the rest of the regular season. Well that timeframe extended until game 1 of the WCF. One could only imagine how much better we would have been in the WCF had Robin's back not disappointed us for that first time, had Robin never missed a game from the All Star break on thru to Nash being able to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy. And now comes the above information that Robin Lopez has left Team USA for precautionary measures to work on rehabbing his back.               "I think it's just a precaution", said Brook Lopez with Alvin Gentry apparently echoing the same sentiments. Of course his brother and the organization are going to say that. Robin's back is the elephant in the room after all.

As much as I hate to inform everyone on here, Robin Lopez’s back is going to ruin his career. Maybe not ruin per say, but it's a big enough problem where we should be tempering our enthusiasm for how much we can actually count on and expect from him. A man his size with a bulging disc is a HUGE problem. I mean HUGE!                                             

       Here’s an example that hits close to home…Any Cardinals fans in here? Gerald Hayes just had back surgery for a similar issue. The Cardinals organization has been saying all offseason that they were holding him out for precautionary reasons. Nope. His back is jacked up. And so is Robin’s. I know you don’t want to believe me. We have such high hopes for the guy, but this back issue is here to stay. Operating on a bulging disc is a last ditch scenario. The disc(s) sits perpinducular to each vertical vertebrae in the back. The discs act as a buffer/cushion between vertebrae. When you have a bulging disc it’s NOT CURABLE! Ask anyone who has similar back problems. They don’t go away. A buging disc is debilitating, but something that can be played with, albeit with lots of pain. His back is not fine, but he can play with it. Robin Lopez will never play a full 82 game schedule ever. Why doesn’t Robin go under the knife like Hayes did? Like I said it is a last ditch scenario. Surgery to repair a bulging disc involves removing the disc, in which case there is no cushion/buffer between vertebrae. Im not sure what they replace the original disc(s) with in that case, but surgery for such issues can prove to make the injury even worse. So for now, Robin Lopez will play with varying levels of debilitating pain EVERY time he is on the basketball court. That fact is unfortunate, because it will make sure that Robin is not able to be a gym rat. Every great player is a gym rat. They spend countless hours on the hardwood working on getting better. It will cut down the amount of time he can spend in the weight room getting stronger and more explosive. Robin will get better but the pain he will always be in will cut his practice time considerably over the course of a career. Therefore, Robin Lopez will never reach his full potential. It hurts to say that, it hurts bad. It's not like Robin Lopez doesn't want to reach his full potential that's what is so disappointing about the whole situation. A family friend who happens to be a prominent M.D. back specialist explained to me what I tried to explain above regarding the nuances of his back issues. He's a Suns fan/season ticket holder as well, and hearing it come from his mouth really sucked. Hopefully he's wrong but if I had to bet the house I would bet there is more disappointment to come in regards to Robin's injury problems.





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