In the year since becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Thomas Robinson has been traded twice.
“I'm just pissed off,” said Robinson.
“I feel disrespected. 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.”
Robinson averaged 10.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 28.6 minutes per game in Summer League.
Robinson wants to again be mentioned in the same group as Anthony Davis, Harrison Barnes and the other members of his draft class. A fast start to his second season in the NBA, now with the Portland Trail Blazers, would be a good start and could result in a trip to the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge.
“It's a start. To put me back in that 'I belong in this group' conversation,” he said. “It (Rising Stars Challenge) would be a stepping stone to putting my face back in the group where I belong....I just want to play basketball and get to where I belong in this league.”