Barack Obama Rumors
Craig Robinson was in his office with the Milwaukee Bucks one day this July when Knicks President Steve Mills phoned him. Mills and Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother and Barack Obama’s brother-in-law, had been teammates at Princeton for two years and both graduated with degrees in sociology. On this day, Mills, who had recently taken over the reins of the Knicks after Phil Jackson was fired by owner Jim Dolan, was calling to offer Robinson a new job as as vice president of player development and G League operations.
“Hey, I have the perfect job for you,” Mills told his old teammate. The problem was, Robinson and his wife, Kelly, had just closed on their house in Milwaukee and their sons, Austin, 7, and Aaron, 5, were about to start school, so he balked. “Steve, I don’t think I’ll be able to do it this year,” Robinson said from his office with the Bucks. “No, you’ve got to hear this,” Mills insisted. “And then once he described the job, I was like, oh, man, I better tell my wife about this,” Robinson, 55, said this week at the Knicks facility with a broad smile that resembles that of his younger sister. He ultimately took the job and moved to New York without his family, who remain in Milwaukee. They will decide their next step as far as where to live as a family after this season.
Allan Houston, the formers Knicks star who is now the GM for for the Knicks’ G League team, the Westchester Knicks, says Robinson can be an invaluable resource for not only the young players on the team, but his colleagues as well. “Having someone like Craig, when players can talk with him and sit with him and know that he can have that perspective, I think it’s very beneficial to a lot of guys,” Houston said. “I know if I was a player, I’d take advantage of it.” “Craig brings a lot,” he added. “I just enjoy talking to him about life, about basketball, leadership. He has just a wealth of knowledge, from his banking background to coaching to seeing a lot of the players at a younger age, being able to recruit them and seeing how they developed, he has a lot of perspective on what we’re doing and developing, not just for basketball but developing the whole person. And I think that’s one of the things that Steve has always been adamant about, Scott has been really vocal about.”
After joining the four other former U.S. presidents at a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for hurricane victims, Barack Obama hit the golf course with a contingent from Under Armour, including Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, three-time major-winner Jordan Spieth and CEO Kevin Plank, according to Politico. Spieth posted a photo of the group — which also included Curry’s brother, Seth, and NBA legend Jerry West’s son, Jonnie — on his Instagram page Sunday night.