Robinson Won’t Go One-on-None Anymore
As for (Thomas) Robinson, Friday looms large for his chances of being the second overall pick as he is scheduled to work out against Connecticut center Andre Drummond for the second time in three days. The two squared off in Cleveland on Wednesday, which never would have happened if Robinson didn’t change his own strategy and tell his management team that he just wasn’t a one-on-none type of guy.
After flying solo at a workout in Washington on June 13, Robinson told his agents, Tony Dutt and Jason Martin, that he was done with the individual workout approach. To Drummond’s credit, he obliged. And Robinson, who I spoke with over the weekend as his strategy was changing, was thrilled to get his way.
“We’ve been going (in this draft process) for a long while, just practicing and not being in a game atmosphere,” he said. “I want to go out there and compete, to get that game feeling. You don’t get that just playing (in an individual workout). It’s even worse because it’s not like you’re training for college and you’re going back to a place you know. With training, you don’t’ know where you’re going to go.”
Yet while Robinson knows he won’t be going No. 1, he made it clear at the Chicago predraft camp earlier this month that he thinks he should be the top pick. It’s all part of a personality that is the most fiery in this entire bunch and part of the gritty makeup that makes him so attractive to teams who are confident he’ll be a high-level, reliable forward for years to come.