Sarah Hecht of Blazers.com interviewed new Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson, who reflects on the Houston Rockets trading him earlier this month in a salary dump. Video here and below.
Reaction to trade
Honestly, I was upset. Not about coming to Portland, but upset at my situation, and more just adding on top of the year that I had. I was angry but excited to get here and start over.
Conversation with Blazers GM Neil Olshey after trade
I wasn't upset that I came here but more how it happened and how my rookie year went. Neil pretty much capitalized on what I came to the conclusion with myself, which was to get back to the player that I am.
Chip on your shoulder because of trade
It put a bigger chip on my shoulder. I never felt this disrespected as a basketball player. I feel like I want to fix that first. I take it to heart.
Maurice Bobb of Slam Online caught up with Robinson back in March and the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft expressed similar feelings after being traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Rockets.
SLAM: How do you feel about being traded in your rookie year?
TR: I don't know...happy, disrespected. Somewhere between those two. I feel like I got dumped. That's how I feel. Bad breakup. So I'm gonna make my ex hate me the next time they see me.
The Blazers introduced Robinson at a press conference earlier this month.
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