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Thomas Robinson Reconnects with Former Coach

Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson gets inspiration from a former coach to improve his game.

Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

There's luck in life and there's luck in basketball and Portland Trailblazer Thomas Robinson has taken advantage of a Joel Freeland injury and a Meyers Leonard illness to get some playing time in the last couple of games and he's delivered.  Portland's own Mr. T may not be on the A-Team yet but he seems to be making progress.

His new found Mojo may have come from his past according to Jarbari Young of CSNNW.

"[Coaches] just want to see me do that over and over," Robinson said of being a spark off the bench. "Every time I touch the floor, just go like a wild animal pretty much and be a dog, so that's what I have to do."

But it took an extra voice to get Robinson to buy into this role.

Dwight Redd, Robinson's AAU coach in his hometown of Washington D.C., has been in Portland the last few days hammering home the message the Blazers have been trying to get across.

Joel Freeland is listed as probable for tonight's game so we fans will have to wait and see how coach Terry Stotts uses Thomas Robinson going forward.  One thing that seems clear is that Robinson's mentor coach has helped him turn a corner.

Said Robinson of Redd's advice: "He hasn't been wrong yet. I fight him every time because as I get older I think I know what's going on, but he hasn't been wrong yet. So, hell no, I ain't fighting it no more."