It's a tale of violence as old as time itself.
Via Wikimedia Commons. Do not ask me why their haircuts are precariously reversed, here.
My God. Is nothing sacred in the blinding light of ruthless NBA competition? Brook Lopez dunking on his brother Robin on a hoop attached to the garage would be acceptable. Maybe even during practice at Stanford, or in a 24 Hour Fitness somewhere in suburban Los Angeles. But laying your brother out like this—a brother with whom you once shared a womb at that—in public, and GLOATING with a pumped arm while you head back to your respective benches? How can you ignore your one true brother, birthed of one seed, his broken and shattered ego seen plainly in his eyes, the pain of a million worlds, lives, and deaths? It's barbarism and betrayal, plain and simple.
I would go so far as to call this a truly evil basketball play. To wedge your eyes open and take this, over and over, as I have to compose this blog post, will poison and corrode your very soul, make you deader to the bonds of brotherhood, family and friendship that make life worth living. This play is a flower of that seed of vile sin, sewn at the beginning of time.
The very source of evil in the world was one brother taking the life of another. And here we are again, all the civilization in 10,000 years of history reliving that same sin, over and over and over.
Of course, the most offensive part of it all is Stacey King, vacant of morals, the voice of sadism and evil itself, just as he would have done if he were watching murder itself come into the world all those years ago. (Cain beats Abel with his stick) "WHERE'S THE BROTHERLY LOVE!?" (Blood pours from Abel's face) WOO! WOO! (His eyes shed tears as he weeps, the first human to experience hate, from his brother, no less) "Lopez against Lopez crime! Oh my goodness!" (Abel's eyes close for the last time as his spirit exits his mortal form) "Get up or get out the way! Wooooo!"
Of course, GOD is a God of justice, and so Cain/Brook did not get away with this vile act of envy and wrath. For Cain, a life of suffering and futility:
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now [art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
For Brook, a last second 101-99 Nets loss at the hands of Jimmy Butler. All men who will not keep their brothers will suffer the wrath of God, in the end.