Brook Lopez, one of few veterans on young Lakers team, might be biggest kid of all – Orange County Register
Twin NBA stars, Brook Lopez, left, and his brother, Robin Lopez, carry souvenirs for family and friends as they walk out of the World of Disney store at Disneytown at the Shanghai Disney Resort on June 14, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Lakers center, Brook Lopez, takes questions at his introductory news conference in El Segundo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)
Rob Pelinka, general manager for the Lakers, right, introduces new center Brook Lopez in El Segundo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The Lakers acquired Lopez and forward Kyle Kuzma from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov and DAngelo Russell. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)
Brook Lopez and his brother Robin participated in a Disneyland ceremony where Chewbacca was presented with the medal he never received at the end of “Star Wars.” (Photo courtesy of Robin Lopez/Twitter)
Lakers center Brook Lopez at his introductory news conference in El Segundo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)
Brook Lopez has visited several of the Disney properties, and shows up in a lot of people’s selfies from the theme parks. The new Lakers center even purchased a homesite in Walt Disney World’s Golden Oak community in Orlando. (Twitter)
Brook Lopez, left, a new member of the Lakers, addresses reporters during a news conference at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Lakers center Brook Lopez points to the retired jerseys after his introductory news conference in El Segundo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)
SANTA MONICA — After visiting Disneyland twice in his first three days living in Los Angeles, Brook Lopez knew he had to rein things in if he had any hope of getting himself ready for his 10th NBA season and first with a new team.
“I’ve been trying to be good,” he said last week, “trying to temper myself.”
The 7-footer’s love of comics, animation and, especially, Disney can be traced to his early days growing up in North Hollywood, before his family moved to Fresno, when his mother, Deborah Ledford, wedged family trips to Disneyland into a schedule full of basketball games for Lopez and his twin brother Robin, now a center for the Chicago Bulls, and their two older brothers.
“I loved it,” Lopez said over lunch at a Santa Monica steakhouse. Outside, a black SUV idled on…