HoopsHype Thomas Robinson rumors


May 8, 2014 Updates
April 22, 2014 Updates

Denizens of the Trail Blazers' Moda Center locker room notice two things right away. One, it's fancier than the dressing area at the local YMCA. Two, in a locker room full of brotherhood, the most willing smiles often come from reserves Will Barton and Thomas Robinson. Robinson, in particular, is happy to be where he is. Living in a condo near Portland State. Enjoying his time as a Blazer. "I love it in Portland," said Robinson, who will be in coach Terry Stotts' rotation for Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Portland-Houston first-round playoff series at the Toyota Center. "The city's so chill to me, so relaxing. Once you get past the rain, you be fine." Portland Tribune

April 11, 2014 Updates

What happens when "Portlandia" meets the Portland Trail Blazers? As Thursday's Season 4 episode demonstrated, there was plenty of opportunity for humor as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's feminist bookstore owner characters decided to raise the consciousness of the NBA team's Blazer Dancers. Blazer players LaMarcus Aldridge, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard also turned up. Blazers owner Paul Allen even made an appearance, though in a different sketch. Oregonian

February 24, 2014 Updates

So he turned to Matthews. After the Blazers’ starting shooting guard had dressed and finished his postgame interviews, Robinson approached him in the hallway outside the Blazers’ locker room at the Moda Center and vented. “I just told him it’s tough,” Robinson said. “It’s something that, mentally, I’ve been struggling with since I came into this league. I was just trying to get my mind right.” Matthews was understanding. He was empathetic. But he was also real. Matthews can see immense potential in Robinson, an imposing 6-foot-10, 240-pound bruiser with wide shoulders, big biceps and a hint of nastiness to his game. When he’s focused and active, Robinson’s relentless energy and strong-as-an-ox mentality can be difference making, as it was on Sunday night in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. But when Robinson is lackadaisical, when he tries to feel the game out, he looks lazy on defense, seems lost on offense and is hindrance than difference making. Oregonian

“Wes just told me, ‘No matter what you do, no matter how many minutes you get, stay who you are,’” Robinson said. “At this point in my career, with my team, I’m going to be who I am for this team. If I mess up, I’m still going to end up playing a certain amount of minutes. If I play good, I’m still going to play the same amount of minutes. So it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I just need to make the best of my opportunity. Oregonian

January 3, 2014 Updates
October 27, 2013 Updates

Portland Police cited Thomas Earl Robinson, of the Portland Trail Blazers, for driving his Porsche 107 miles per hour on Interstate 5 on Friday, Oct. 25. An officer “observed a white 2013 Porsche Panamera traveling at a high rate of speed on the freeway,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau, in an email. “The officer’s LIDAR would clock the vehicle at 107 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.” Robinson, 22, a power forward, was acquired by the Blazers in June during a trade with the Houston Rockets. Robinson was cited for violation of the Basic Rule (100 MPH +), which carries a fine of $1,150, Simpson said. Oregonian

Portland Police cited Portland Trailblazer Thomas Earl Robinson for driving his Porsche 107 miles per hour on Interstate 5 Friday morning, October 25. An officer “observed a white 2013 Porsche Panamera traveling at a high rate of speed on the freeway,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau, in an email. “The officer’s LIDAR would clock the vehicle at 107 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.” Oregonian

October 21, 2013 Updates

Tonight, it was redemption time. “It got to a point where I had to calm myself down before the game and remind myself that it’s just a game,” Thomas told CSNNW.com. “I just needed to relax and tell myself that it’s just business. It’s not personal. But at the end of the day, if I get the chance to go up against them, I’m not going to hesitate to give it to them.” In a 109-105 Portland Trail Blazers win over the Kings Sunday night at the Moda Center, Robinson played superb to the tune of 14 points on six-of-eight shooting with eight rebounds collected in 24 minutes of action. CSNNW.com

October 7, 2013 Updates
October 4, 2013 Updates

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.” CSNNW.com

September 30, 2013 Updates
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August 21, 2013 Updates

“I think his head is right, not that his head was ever bad. Sometimes when things don’t go well, you get (put) in different spots, you get a little down,” Bill Self said. “I think his batteries are charged. He’s excited to be in Portland. He had a great summer league. He was probably the best rebounder in the summer league. That’s what I’ve been told. He’s excited to get started. He has new representation. It seems to me he has a new lease on everything.” Lawrence Journal-World

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