Post by DiamondThief on Aug 23, 2015 18:47:16 GMT -8
Aug. 23 -- The competition was held last spring and the day had arrived.
Robin Lopez, now former center of the Blazers, was made into a bobblehead and passed out to the first 1,500 fans at the Fresno Grizzlies' game yesterday against the Round Rock Express at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.
The Lopez bobblehead giveaway was the culmination of the Fresno Famous contest held by the Grizzlies in March. Following the pattern of NCAA's March Madness, the contest pitted 64 personalities with Fresno connections against one another in a single-elimination tournament until a winner was crowned. Lopez advanced through the field, making the final and defeating former NFL running back Icky Woods in the championship round.
Read Lopez to become a bobblehead for more backrground information.
It appears Lopez was not at the game in Fresno for the giveaway of the bobblehead with his likeness which, among other events at the game, meant Grizzlies' mascot "Parker" was safe. Lopez was known last season for attacking mascots around the NBA. He beat Parker in the first round of the Fresno Famous contest.
Lopez, who played the past two seasons for the Blazers, signed a four-year contract with the New York Knicks in July.
He attended San Joakin Memorial High School in Fresno, where he was named MVP of the Adidas Superstar Camp Underclass All-Star game in his junior year, and to both the 2006 McDonald's All American team and the Parade All-American team his full senior year. He went on to play for Stanford before entering the NBA.
The Fresno Grizzlies play in the Pacific Coast League's Northern Division. At the time of this writing, they possess the best record in the 16-team league at 78-49. They have clinched a playoff berth. They are a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
The Grizzlies fell to Round Rock on Lopez's bobblehead night, 4-2.
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