Thomas Robinson is still a bit of a sore subject around here. Some are disappointed with how the Kings traded him away in the middle of his rookie season, never allowing Robinson a chance to develop despite solid per-minute averages. Others are upset about the players the Kings passed on in order to select Robinson, such as Damian Lillard or Andre Drummond.
But in a conversation with Cowbell Kingdom, Robinson says he holds no grudges.
"(The Kings) were the team I was drafted to, so of course I'll always have a place in Sacramento, no matter if they traded me or not. No grudges. I love it here, man."
Better still, Robinson shows a lot of maturity regarding how his rookie season was handled by Sacramento.
"I know there's a lot of fans here (in Sacramento) that are really not happy with me or whatever, but I'm going to say it's my fault, man. I wish I could have gave them what they expected."
Personally, I never blamed Robinson as much as I blamed the toxic environment he was drafted into. But it would have been reasonable for Robinson to feel slighted by Sacramento. But Thomas' career has been anything but smooth-sailing since leaving the Kings. The Trail Blazers have declined his fourth-year option, and he'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason.
Ultimately, though, Robinson's departure helped the Kings. The trade to send Robinson to the Rockets netted the Kings Patrick Patterson, who was part of the package the Kings used to acquire Rudy Gay.
I wish Thomas Robinson had worked out as a King, but I'll settle now for wishing him the best. Here's hoping he finds a way to still have a successful NBA career.