Jul 21

James Harden Says Thomas Robinson Will 'Turn His Career Around In Portland'

By caseyholdahl

Nice work by Chris Haynes over at CSNNW getting Rockets all-star guard James Harden on record to talk about Trail Blazers power forward Thomas Robinson, a teammate of Harden's for a relatively brief period after the traded that sent Robinson from Sacramento to Houston.
“He's a beast, man. The league better get ready,” Harden told “He knows what his job is, he knows what he's great at and he does it to the best of his ability. T-Rob is a very hard worker, an excellent rebounder and he's definitely skilled for someone of his size. I have no doubt about it that he'll turn his career around in Portland.”


“Oh he'll definitely stick in this league,” Harden said. “He has a great chance. He has so much upside. That motivates him, other teams giving up on him. He has the chance to do something special and I believe he'll get it done.”
Robinson averaged 4.5 points and 41. rebounds in 19 games with the Rockets before being traded to Portland in a cost-cutting move that allowed Houston to sign free agent center Dwight Howard. More recently, Robinson averaged 10.4 points and 12.8 rebounds in five games with the Trail Blazers at the Las Vegas Summer League.

(Photo via the NBA's Twitter account)


  1. I'm starting to think, this Harden guy's a pretty smart guy ;)

    by Simpson on 7/21/2013 3:33 PM
  2. Can we just skip Football season?

    by Matt Gardner on 7/23/2013 9:26 AM
  3. I think the important line is "...he knows what his job is..." I think the biggest thing for Robinson is focusing on rebounding and clean-up buckets and being really good at that and THEN expanding his game. One of the common themes with him from different sources is that he tries to do too much that's outside his current ability, primarily on offense, and it takes away from what he does do well. In Summer League, he took a lot of bad jumpers and other shots. Granted, Summer League is when you try that stuff in a game situation, but he needs to make sure that in real game action he gives up the rock and focuses on rebounding and converting his close-in opportunities.

    by Brett Fish on 7/23/2013 11:05 AM
  4. Based on his numbers from summer league, it seems like Robinson could pretty much put up per 36 minutes numbers similar to Hickson while hopefully being able to play better defense. Awesome. Would be interested to see if he plays any backup Center minutes behind Lopez this season.

    by chris.barnes on 7/24/2013 11:27 AM
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