http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/robinson-pissed-and-mission-your-respect-againTUALATIN – Thomas Robinson is 6-10, 240 pounds of pure muscle. He possess a man's man body at the barely legal age of 22. The No 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft is an intimidating freak of nature.
Now isn't the time to be opposing teams facing the Portland Trail Blazers because Robinson, in his owns words, is “pissed off.”
“I'm just pissed off,” he told CSNNW.com.
We understand why. He was highly touted coming out of the university of Kansas and for whatever reason, he's on his third team in two years after brief stops in Sacramento and Houston.
No matter the circumstances, it's safe to say that he hasn't has a fair shake in this league, and he echoes that sentiment.
“I feel disrespected,” Robinson went on to say. “A lot of people don't know the ins and outs of this business. That's how it works, man. There's no point in even talking about it. That's the way things work. I'm just ready to play.”
In July in five Summer League appearances with Portland in Las Vegas, Robinson averaged 10.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks 28.6 minutes per game. In one of those games, he pulled down a Trail Blazers' single-game Summer League record 18 rebounds.
That upside was enough for the Trail Blazers to exercise the third year of Robinson's rookie deal this week. He was recently asked if he felt like he deserved the extension. Robinson thought about it in an self-assessing 10-second span before responding honestly.
“From a numbers standpoint, no. But from where I came from, from a situations standpoint, I think it's fair for me to have it,” he said.
Trail Blazers general manager Neill Olshey, says there really wasn't a lot of thought put into issuing the third year. He's captivated with his potential.
“You guys are going to be incredibly, incredibly surprised just how gifted this kid is when you see him on the court now that he's got renewed energy,” Olshey said. “He's engaged, he knows we're embracing him, he knows we're invested in him, and he has responded.”