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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Bighorns pick Robinson

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— Former Kansas University guard Russell Robinson was selected by the Reno (Nev.) Bighorns in the second round of Friday's NBA Development League draft. He was the only former KU player taken in the 10-round draft. Robinson is currently playing pro ball in Turkey.

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JayCeph 5 years, 5 months ago

Since Robinson is already playing in Europe, would be obliged to come back and play for the D-League when his current season is over? I'm not so certain...

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Dan Pawlowski 5 years, 5 months ago

For those even considering that Giddens should have been drafted ahead of Mario....http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/rookies/rankings? season=2009&playerRankingType=1&period=1&set=2

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ralsterKUMed95 5 years, 5 months ago

As always, my heart goes out to Russell Robinson. I hope he excels. What an example for the new kids to follow! Maybe he has polished the offensive skills (he came to KU with, but put on the shelf for the sake of the team--part of what almost caused him to transfer), since he has been playing serious ball in Europe since grad. LJW--thanks for printing this update on Russell!

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ralsterKUMed95 5 years, 5 months ago

Hey, Im the last one to plug for Giddens, especially in the same discussion as our beloved Chalmers, but I heard he sorta developed some ball-handling and some defense to go along with that 6'5" size and sweet 3 shot. So I suppose the 'NBA potential' scouts had to beat the Giddens-drum? I watched half of 1 NewMexico game last season, and heard the announcers mention his improvement in those areas 'compared to when he was at KU'. Maybe getting kicked off the KU team turned him around?

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Lebowski 5 years, 5 months ago

tomike... good point. Even Larry Brown has proved he's just a great coach... not the best evaluator of talent. Augustine is good... but he's not "get picked about 30 guys ahead of mario" good!I'll never understand how NBA talent scouts get credit for what they do. I really think many teams would do better if they just employed local "amateur" scouts who they find to be fair and objective... who have watched all of the games of their respective teams. Someone on the radio made the comment... "how can the NBA change their opinions of a player based on a workout when they have anywhere from 30 to 150 game films they can look at?" Damn good question.There's no way anyone could convince in a million years that there is ANY justification or reason whatsoever to believe J.R. Giddens should EVER get selected in front of Mario Chalmers. NEVER. EVER.There is zero chance he'll be a better NBA talent than Mario... or have an even remotely comparable career.

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Kusportsshould Notrequirethis 5 years, 5 months ago

The Heat got a steal with Mario in the second round. They have the best rookie PG in the league and only have to pay him $700,000 this year. Man...I wish I was taller.......and athletic.....and.....could play basketball.

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Martin Rosenblum 5 years, 5 months ago

If the "D" league is truly a developmental league for the NBA, Robinson should skate through the pack and not end up a career "D'" leaguer. The cream will rise to the top. After all, he wasn't exactly on anybody's radar screen for the regular league draft. I feel like most of our guys who were drafted there, were under-valued compared to higher picks in general, especially Arthur. RusRob will just have to seperate from the pack and become the golden boy that we all know him as.

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tomike 5 years, 5 months ago

Larry Brown chose Augustine instead of Chalmers.

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jaybate 5 years, 5 months ago

The second round? Of the D-League?This is an insult to a fine player.Surely Larry Brown will find a place for this guy. Or the Heat after seeing what Chalmers can do. My, GOD! He is just as good of ball handler and defender as Chalmers. If Chalmers could get 9 steals in an NBA game, RR would get 10. No, he hasn't got the great trinity that Chalmers has, but some one in the NBA has to wake up!! If not RR, come back to KU and coach for a year or two for Self, go assist with Roberts, or Janks for a year, and start prepping to be KU's coach some day.

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