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Thomas Robinson: Summer League Means Opportunity

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Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report spoke with the former Trail Blazer about his appearance at Summer League with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Thomas Robinson is a name recognizable to Portland Trail Blazer fans, and Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report spoke with the former Blazer regarding his appearances at Summer League. This year, Robinson played for the San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League squad. Robinson, who has played with several teams around the league during his career, said that he views Summer League as not only an opportunity to showcase his skillset, but also a chance to improve.

“I look at summer league as a time to get better,” says forward Thomas Robinson, a former University of Kansas star and the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft who played for six teams in five seasons in the league. “It’s an opportunity to showcase yourself for all 30 teams. That’s what I wanted to do. I’ve been gone for a while, so I wanted to show teams that I’m back, I’m healthy, I’m a lot smarter player, I’m a better player.”

Robinson played for the Blazers from 2013-2015; he was traded to the Denver Nuggets along with Will Barton and Victor Claver in 2015 before being waived. Since then, he has played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Lakers, along with stints overseas in Russia and China. Robinson last played for the Maine Red Claws in the G-League.

According to Robinson, he has spent considerable time over the last two years working on improving his game and his basketball IQ following criticism from an NBA GM.

“It’s hard when you tell somebody to work on their IQ,” Robinson says now. “Because how do you do that? It’s terminology and knowing the right places to be and just watching the game. You have to know the game. I’ve been a raw talent all my life, so I got this far by not having to know certain things or do certain things. That’s been the case with me.

You can read more about Robinson’s efforts in Summer League here.