After undergoing one of the most devastating situations last year in losing his grandparents and mother in a matter of days and trying to help raise his little sister Jayla in the aftermath, Kansas standout Thomas Robinson was understandably emotional at the 2012 NBA Draft.
Leading up the the draft nearly every Mock Draft had Robinson going as high as #2, but Robinson managed to slip all the way to #5, getting scoped up by the Sacramento Kings, looking for another big man to help solidify their front court.
When Robinson did finally hear his name called, he broke down into tears, and after putting on his Kings cap and shaking hands with NBA commissioner David Stern, Robinson proceeded to give one of the most legendary interviews in NBA Draft history.
When asked by ESPN’s Mark Jones how he was able to make the leap from 6th man to an All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year, Robinson responded:
I ain’t stopping for nobody. I got work to do. I got to go to work.
I got the chance to spend a few weeks with Robinson as he prepared for the NBA Draft and he is easily one of the coolest athletes I’ve had the pleasure of working with, level-headed and understanding that he needs to put in the work to get where he wants to be.
Although he may not have gotten drafted as high as he expected, Robinson can come in right away and contribute on the Kings, and join the likes of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins as a young crew that can help bring the Kings back to the respectable side of the League.
Plus he is just a short drive away from the home of the hyphy movement and E-40 Fonzarelli’s “soil,” none other than the Bay Area.
Video of Thomas Robinson’s legedary post-draft interview after the jump…
[via The Big Lead]