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Thomas Robinson’s NBA comeback might be near its completion. Robinson, who played at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for the San Antonio Spurs, said he is in talks to sign an NBA contract.

“I’m in talks with [the Spurs] to hopefully secure something for the year,” Robinson told a small group of media members earlier in the week. “If not, I have a couple of other teams that I’m just trying to make sure the security is there. I have options. I just want to make the security a little more concrete because I’m at a point right now where I need to make the right decisions.”

Robinson said he was back in Lawrence to present his company “Hawk Scooters” to the City Commission on Monday night. (For a full story on Robinson’s company, click these words). Robinson also said he will be finishing his KU degree and plans to walk in May.

The former Jayhawk is coming off a season in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Beijing Fly Dragons.

“It was cool,” Robinson said of his year abroad. “I felt like I was pretty lucky, adjusting to my situation. I think for me, I was able to deal with it. Plus I was in Beijing, which is a tourist city, so you get your fair share of Americanized things.”

The 2018-19 season was Robinson’s first professional season in China. He spent the 2017-18 season playing for Khimki in Russia. In his lone season in Beijing, Robinson averaged 21.9 points and 13.6 rebounds. Prior to going abroad, Robinson played for six teams over a five-year stretch in the NBA.

To this point in his NBA career, Robinson has played in 313 games and started 12. For his NBA career, Robinson has averaged 4.9 points, 4.8 rebounds in 13.4 minutes. Prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, Robinson signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Atlanta Hawks but was subsequently waived a few days before the start of the season.

In four games with the Spurs at summer league in July, Robinson averaged 8.3 points on 57 percent shooting from the field, adding 6.8 rebounds in 14 minutes. Robinson gave some insight into his decision to play in summer league, despite being 27 years old.

“I played in summer league first and foremost to show that I don’t have any pride issues,” Robinson said. “I wanted to show that I can still play at a high level.”

The big man did deal with a knee injury during summer league, but only missed one game. In his first game in Las Vegas, Robinson threw down an emphatic dunk over an Orlando Magic player. A few games later he had a similar dunk, this time against the Hawks.

As for his playing career, Robinson didn’t sound like he plans on retiring any time soon.

“I plan to go until the wheels fall off,” Robinson said. “I have a high level of basketball left in me, especially at the NBA level. How long that’s going to go, I don’t know. But as of now, I’m doing my best.”

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Media breaks down Chaminade win, potential changes coming
By KEVIN FLAHERTYTue Nov 26 2019

Chaminade’s presence at the Maui Invitational is as much ceremonial as anything, so the goal when a team draws the Silverswords is to avoid showing up on a historical highlight clip, like the school’s win over Virginia (and Ralph Sampson) in 1982, or Texas in 2012.

And Kansas passed that goal in defeating Chaminade 93-63 to tip off the Jayhawks’ run at the tournament. Kansas made 12-of-29 3-pointers, and at one point, point guard Devon Dotson had as many points (12) as Chaminade did. The Jayhawks further stretched things out in the second half when Udoka Azubuike, who battled foul trouble in the first half, put up 15 second-half points.

But while Kansas cruised, the opponent was a Division II one, so the goalposts were moved a bit. And it was easy to tell from Kansas coach Bill Self’s interview after the game that he wasn’t entirely pleased with the way things went. Further, those could lead to some real and lasting changes in how Kansas plays, perhaps even starting with the Jayhawks’ game in the Maui semifinals against BYU, a 78-63 winner over UCLA Monday night. Kansas’ second game is projected to tip off at 8 p.m. CT.

See what media members — and Self — had to say about Kansas’ victory over the Silverswords.


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Bill Self on his postgame radio interview after #kubball’s 93-63 victory over Chaminade: “Other than Doke, our bigs don’t play big. I don’t know that we can stay playing two bigs much longer to be honest with you because it’s just not very good when they’re both out there.”

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The biggest takeaway, right there. On a night where Kansas won by 30, coach Bill Self expressed his concerns that the Jayhawks could continue to play big. The bad news is that it hasn’t worked; Kansas’ biggest raw strength might be its big-man trio, any of whom would start for most other teams. The good news is that if Kansas does make the switch, it would be playing to what have been the Jayhawks’ most effective lineup combinations so far.

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