CSN Houston: Series Preview
HOUSTON -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson is really looking forward to facing his former team tomorrow night in a first round series against the Houston Rockets.
“It’s a blessing in disguise,” Robinson told CSNNW.com. “I get to go back with my team and we’re just going to go down there and try to get a W. That’s my main focus.
“I’m not worried that I played there before, not worried about them trading me, not really too concerned about anything the Houston organization has to offer besides having us move to the next round.”
Damn. I hear you, T-Rob.
Last summer, Houston traded Robinson, 23, to Portland in exchange for the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou, Marko Todorovic along with two future second round picks. The deal cleared the path for the Rockets to land Dwight Howard.
It was the second time in less than a year that the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was traded. Sacramento, who selected the forward out of Kansas, sent him to Houston in February of his rookie season.
Robinson says he understands the decision to part with him, adding jokingly that he would have done the same thing if he were the general manager of the Rockets.
He holds no grudges, in that regard.
“Not at all,” he said. “Like I said, people in the higher level made a big move by making room for Dwight [Howard], which was a power move. It’s a business. But at the same time, I’ll gladly go in there and leave my all on the court. Do my best to beat them.”
That doesn’t mean, however, that he was cool with changing locations for the third time. Because he wasn’t. He’ll have extra incentive to stick it to the Rockets.
“I don’t think they doubted my talent, but whatever I can use for motivation, I’m going to use it as motivation,” Robinson said. “And going back to Houston and beating them is all I’m concerned about.”
This will be Robinson’s first taste of playoff action, considering he’s expected to be a part of the Trail Blazers’ playoff rotation. That wasn’t the case last season as the Rockets lost in the first round to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a series in which Robinson never saw the court.
But he had a beautiful view, he says.
“I had a front-row seat (on the bench). James Harden and K.D. (Kevin Durant) put on a show,” Robinson said humorously.
The second-year forward described it as icing on the cake when he first learned they would clash with the Rockets in the opening round. To say he’s looking forward to this contest would be an understatement. He’s ecstatic.
Hopefully, that excitement will translate to positive energy on the floor for the Trail Blazers. He wants to take this series, as do his teammates.
“I just want to go out there and play,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whom we’re playing, but it’s pretty cool we’re playing Houston. I’m glad I came to a team that I love and we’re playing good right now. It should be a great series. I can’t wait.”