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."
Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series - 23 hours ago
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The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) more impressive on offense, or on defense? "Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going," Chicago's Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. "You expect him to do what he does... [read more]
The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) more impressive on offense, or on defense? "Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going," Chicago's Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. "You expect him to do what he does defensively, but we gave up 24 points to him tonight. He hurt us offensively tonight more than anything." Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) also scored 24 for the Celtics, the top seed in the East. After the road team won each of the first four games, the Celtics won at home in Game 5 to earn a chance to eliminate the Bulls on Friday night in Chicago. A Bulls victory would force the series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Sunday. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Bradley's 24 points were a career playoff high, but after watching him hold Bulls star Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) to 14 points - and just one foul shot - Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Bradley's defense. "Jimmy Butler's a hard guy to guard. Dwyane Wade's a hard guy to guard. You're not going to stop those guys, but you just try to make it as hard as possible," Stevens said. "Avery ... has done a really good job." Butler, who shot 23 free throws in Game 4 and made 19, was 0 for 1 on Wednesday. "I was trying to eliminate letting Jimmy Butler get to the free throw line. That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it," Bradley said. Wade had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just under five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead. The Bulls cut it to nine before Horford got loose for a dunk, Wade missed a 3-pointer and then Horford fed Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) for a layup that made it 108-95 with 99 seconds to play. Despite the technical fouls, there was little of the tension that characterized Game 4, when Butler and Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma St.) got in each other's face on the court and continued the criticism in their postgame comments. The Celtics started slowly on their home court, making just one of their first nine shots to fall behind 12-4. Boston missed its first eight 3-point attempts before making three in a row at the end of the first quarter. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99 - 23 hours ago
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John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards. Neither Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late. Either way, the odd manner in which Atlanta seemed to allow the final half-minute or so to slip away while trailing - not fouling Washington to try to extend things; passing around the ball, inste... [read more]
John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards. Neither Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late. Either way, the odd manner in which Atlanta seemed to allow the final half-minute or so to slip away while trailing - not fouling Washington to try to extend things; passing around the ball, instead of shooting it, as the clock headed toward zero - left the Wizards on the verge of closing out the teams' Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Back at home, and back in charge, Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) scored 27 points, and Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, leading Washington to a 103-99 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 series lead. ''I thought they were going to play the foul game - or at least try to trap. But they let us run the clock down,'' Wall said, noting that he felt as if he and his teammates finished ''with the best scrambling defense we had.'' Schroder led the Hawks with 29 points, making a career high-tying five 3s, and 11 assists. But after his basket from beyond the arc pulled Atlanta within 101-99 with 70 seconds left, Wall responded with a 21-foot pull-up jumper. Neither team would score the rest of the way. ''It was right there,'' Schroder said. ''We've just got to be better in crunch time.'' A miss followed from Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech), who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but after Wall's jumper was off the mark, the Hawks never managed to put the ball in the basket - including sort of fiddling around as if they didn't realize they were trailing by four. ''We tried to get a clean look,'' Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. said, ''but they just did a good job of ... making it tough on us.'' Budenholzer's take? ''I'm not, off the top of my head, frustrated with what we got offensively,'' he said. The host has won every game in this series so far. Washington can reach the conference semifinals by winning Game 6 at Atlanta on Friday night. ''It's got to be us,'' Budenholzer said, ''that's the aggressor.'' As it is, the series has been filled with physical play, referee whistles and smack talk, including a ''Crybaby'' accusation and a comparison to MMA fighting. Dwight Howard - who finally came to the fore in Game 4 with 16 points and 15 rebounds - didn't play much in the second half, picking up his fourth foul with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter and his fifth off the ball with 8 1/2 minutes to go. Washington's Markieff Morris picked up No. 4 after 2 1/2 minutes of the third quarter and didn't return until there were less than 6 minutes remaining in the fourth. About 2 1/2 minutes after going back in, Morris drew his fifth foul - plus a technical for arguing, eliciting derisive chants about the officiating from spectators. ''It's been the hardest it's ever been,'' Morris said, ''for me to stay out of foul trouble.'' Courtesy of: yahoo.com
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray to have surgery - 1 day ago
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Nuggets guard Jamal Murray(6'6''-F/G-97, college: Kentucky) will have surgery Thursday to address a 'couple of injuries,' general manager Tim Connelly said during a radio appearance on Altitude 950 AM on Wednesday afternoon. Murray, who averaged 9.9 points during his rookie season, played part of the season with a sports hernia. Connelly didn't reveal the issues the guard's surgery would address. Murray, the only member of the team to play all 82 games last season, routinely downplayed an... [read more]
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (6'6''-F/G-97, college: Kentucky) will have surgery Thursday to address a 'couple of injuries,' general manager Tim Connelly said during a radio appearance on Altitude 950 AM on Wednesday afternoon. Murray, who averaged 9.9 points during his rookie season, played part of the season with a sports hernia. Connelly didn't reveal the issues the guard's surgery would address. Murray, the only member of the team to play all 82 games last season, routinely downplayed any injuries or pain he was experiencing late in the year. Courtesy of: insidehoops.com
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