Since the 2008-2009 season, Cal. State Fullerton alumnusFrank Robinson has been patiently chasing his NBA dream. After a stint with the Atlanta Hawks' '08-'09 team, Robinson took his talents overseas to Slovenia and Germany before returning to Philips Arena the very next season.
The California native played pre-season ball with the Hawks but spent the remainder of the year as a starter for the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Now, after last participating in the 2010 NBA Summer League with the D-Fenders and back-to-back seasons in Israel, Robinson is back on Las Vegas' hardwood where he joins the Golden State Warriors' summer squad and will debut against the Los Angeles Lakers on July 13th, at the COX Pavilion Arena on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Though several NBA organization tried to recruit Robinson for summer league workouts, he is convinced the Warriors are the best fit. "Being invited to play for the Warriors was unexpected but I am grateful for the invitation and plan on taking full advantage of the platform to show my improvements from the last couple of years in Israel," said Robinson via email interview.
The 6-4 explosive guard, who clinched Defensive Player of the Year honors in two different continents plans to utilize his athletic defensive abilities and standout. "It is no secret that I am known for my defensive game. Knowing coach (Mark) Jackson is a guy who takes pride in his team's defense and smart basketball, I hope I can adjust to what he wants and earn minutes on this summer league team," Robinson added.
Robinson, who first entered the summer league scenes four seasons ago is determined that he has improved over the years and elevated his game to the NBA level. "It's been a couple years since I worked with the Hawks and this time I feel like I have matured into a player and person off the court that can help teams win," said Robinson.
He took his training back to the basics while running tracks and hills at 06:00 on a daily basis, and putting in extra gym hours to work on his game with Eugene 'Pooh' Jeter, Brandon Heath, Joe Crawford and Horace Wormely, helping each other prepare for the future. "The idea was to do the things that got me to this point, and I owe it to Joe for talking to me and keeping me motivated everyday," he said.
Robinson is coming off successful seasons in Israel with Maccabi Haifa and B.C. Habikaa recording professional career highs in steals (2.4), rebounds (5.5) and assists (2.3) per game, and believes the years abroad better prepared him for the NBA process this time around.
"Coming in as a first year guy you think it's all about scoring, but the reality is that teams want guys to come in and be able to adjust to their main players and help them with the little things like hitting open shots, guarding the opposing teams' best player and making it difficult for him to score. That, and making plays without the ball is what will keep you on a roster for guys in my position," said Robinson.
He takes pride in being a graduate of the mid-major program at Cal. State Fullerton and is entertained by the unique opportunity of being in Las Vegas along with two of his college teammates. "No one would have expect for Cal. State Fullerton to have three players (Josh Akognon, Bobby Brown and myself) from the same team playing in the summer league," he said.
"Josh (Sacramento Kings) has been one of the top players in China and this year hopes to make his debut in the NBA. Bobby (Toronto Raptors) has two NBA seasons under his belt and has a great chance of making an NBA roster. I'm happy the three of us can share this moment, and I pray that we all have successful showings," Robinson said.
In preparation for the summer league, Robinson spent the last few weeks working out in Los Angeles while playing for team 'Top Prospects' of the internationally recognized Drew League. "Coached by John and associate head coach 'Big Guard Rob', It was important for me to re-connect with all my childhood friends and play and train together," he said.
Regarding his upcoming challenge Robinson said, "The goal? Obviously to play well enough to earn a guaranteed contract or even a non-guaranteed for that matter. I would not be going (to Las Vegas) if I didn't feel that I was ready to accomplish that at this point in my career."
James Has Triple-Double as Cavs Rout Knicks 117-88 in Opener - 18 hours ago
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LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) took time to reflect as the Cleveland Cavaliers raised their championship banner. Then it was business as usual. James had his 43rd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 29 points and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener. James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists in front of a raucous home crowd that was on its feet from the pregame ceremony until late in the gam... [read more]
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) took time to reflect as the Cleveland Cavaliers raised their championship banner. Then it was business as usual. James had his 43rd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 29 points and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener. James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists in front of a raucous home crowd that was on its feet from the pregame ceremony until late in the game, celebrating the city's first championship in 52 years. "It was great to have a moment like that," he said. "It was difficult to focus on the game but we did a great job, especially in the second half." James, who got choked up while speaking to the crowd before the game, continued his perfect record on ring nights. He was 2-0 when the Miami Heat players were presented with their championship rings. "There were so many emotions," he said. "To see us win the finals and tonight being that last exclamation point to receive your ring in front of your fans was a great moment." Irving scored 19 points in the third quarter, when Cleveland used a 20-4 run to take a 74-53 lead. Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) scored 23 for the Cavaliers. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) led New York with 19 points and Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 17. Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was taken to the locker room late in the third quarter with concussion-like symptoms after colliding with Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95). Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue (6'0''-G-77, college: Nebraska) said Shumpert was undergoing tests to determine the extent of the injury. Cleveland's players, coaching staff and front office personnel also received their championship rings in the pregame ceremony, and the sellout crowd chanted Lue's last name. "That was a really good feeling," he said. "It was great to be a part of it." The basketball game was only part of a big night in town. The Cleveland Indians played Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs across the street at Progressive Field. The Knicks, who missed the playoffs the last three seasons, are expecting major improvement after acquiring Rose from Chicago to run the offense and signing center Joakim Noah, who was scoreless in 21 minutes. "We will improve, I guarantee it," Anthony said. "There are just so many moving parts right now. We need to get better, but we're not running from that fact." New York, playing its first game under new coach Jeff Hornacek , trailed by 13 in the second quarter but rallied to cut the lead to 45-43 at halftime. A pair of dunks by James and 3-pointers from Irving and Love pushed the lead to 61-49. Cleveland's spurt continued as Irving hit three 3-pointers for a 74-53 lead. Porzingis scored 16 points for New York. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
Much-hyped Warriors season opens with 129-100 loss to Spurs - 18 hours ago
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The debut of one of the most prized offseason additions in NBA history ended inconspicuously with 3:41 left on the game clock Tuesday night. With his Warriors team down 23 points to the Spurs, head coach Steve Kerr subbed in Javale McGee(7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) for seven-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) during a timeout. Golden State's reserves completed the season-opening 129-100 loss in front of mostly vacant seats at Oracle Arena. A year after a league-... [read more]
The debut of one of the most prized offseason additions in NBA history ended inconspicuously with 3:41 left on the game clock Tuesday night. With his Warriors team down 23 points to the Spurs, head coach Steve Kerr subbed in Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) for seven-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) during a timeout. Golden State's reserves completed the season-opening 129-100 loss in front of mostly vacant seats at Oracle Arena. A year after a league-record 24-0 start, the Warriors took the pressure off early with a dud of a performance. They lost the offensive-rebounding numbers, 21-8, and attempted 13 fewer shots than San Antonio. A team that relies on ball movement and made jumpers, Golden State piled up 16 giveaways and missed 26 of its 33 three-point attempts. It allowed the Spurs to shoot 48 percent from the field (50 percent from beyond the arc). 'I thought our guys were embarrassed,' Kerr said. 'I know I was.' The Warriors' two most glaring weaknesses, interior defense and sloppy passing, were exposed by a San Antonio team eager to prove that there will be suspense in the race for the Western Conference's top playoff position. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) didn't need to make a three-pointer to pour in a game-high 35 points. The frontcourt's unquestioned leader with Tim Duncan gone, LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) chipped in 26 points and 14 rebounds. Outside of Durant (27 points), Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) (26 points) and Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) (18 points), Golden State totaled 29 points on 13-for-35 shooting. It didn't seriously challenge after giving up a big run to close the first half, and most of Oracle Arena had emptied by midway through the fourth quarter. 'It's a slap in the face,' Durant said. 'It woke us up a bit, and we look forward to getting better.' It had started as an environment befitting opening night of perhaps the most anticipated season in franchise history. When Durant was introduced with the starters, a capacity crowd of 19,596 roared. Jay-Z and Beyonce sat courtside. The catering staff, trying to accommodate an overflow of media, ran out of food before tip-off. But the dominant Warriors team many had expected didn't materialize. Golden State players missed two early layups, passed into traffic, and nobody outside of Durant and Curry could find an offensive rhythm in the first half. After falling behind by 17 points midway through the second quarter, the Warriors used a 17-8 run to trim their deficit to single digits. The exclamation point came when Durant sliced through the key for a tomahawk dunk that sent fans to their feet. Many teams might have folded under the collective pressure of a national TV audience and a raucous road arena. In their first regular-season game in 20 years without Duncan on the roster, the Spurs underscored why they're Golden State's biggest Western-Conference threat. A 14-4 spurt gave them a 64-46 lead entering halftime. Seconds into the break, a fan tweeted a photoshopped picture of Durant wearing a No. 35 San Antonio jersey with the caption, 'KD coming out of the locker room at halftime like.' 'We'll show the video tomorrow,' Kerr said. 'There's lots to show.' In a season with such hype, each Warriors loss will be nitpicked and analyzed on sports talk radio shows throughout the country. It will be easy for pundits to apply doomsday scenarios to one setback. After an exhibition slate marked by so much promise gave way to a clunker of a regular-season debut, Golden State is glad it has at least 81 more opportunities to exorcise the memory. 'We can't panic, but we can't let this turn into two or three more games,' Durant said. 'We have to correct it.' Courtesy of: sfgate.com
Dennis Schroeder, Hawks Agree To Four-Year, $70M Extension - 8 hours ago
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Dennis Schroeder(5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a four-year, $70 million contract extension. Schroeder will receive $62 million in guaranteed money over the next four seasons. The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague in the offseason in a move that signaled their commitment to Schroeder long-term at point guard. Schroder averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 20.3 minutes per game last season with a PER of 15.5. Schroeder was the 17th... [read more]
Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a four-year, $70 million contract extension. Schroeder will receive $62 million in guaranteed money over the next four seasons. The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague in the offseason in a move that signaled their commitment to Schroeder long-term at point guard. Schroder averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 20.3 minutes per game last season with a PER of 15.5. Schroeder was the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Germany. Courtesy of: realgm.com
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