1.) I do not fear “The Brow”
Count me among those who are not enthralled with the professional prospects of Anthony Davis.
What’s that? I’m all alone? Fine, but hear me out.
I’m not saying that Davis won’t ever be a nice pro. I think he has a solid 12-14 year career in the league, during much of which he’s good for a consistent double-double. But Tim Duncan meets Kevin Garnett? Seriously? Maybe I’m just too hung up on his short comings, but I don’t see it.
I see Tayshaun Prince 2.0.
As for the stupid looking unibrow, itself: Give me a break. That’s not a trademark, that’s poor hygiene.
2.) A player worth rooting for
So often it seems, we’re stuck looking the other way as the athletes that we support disappoint us. They take their ability for granted. They’re out of touch. There appears to be very little depth to them.
Then there’s Thomas Robinson.
In 2010, when Robinson was a sophomore at Kansas, he received a call from his little sister Jayla. His grandmother had died. A few weeks later, Jayla called again to inform him that their grandfather had also passed away, followed by their mother, who died of a heart attack.
In a span of three weeks, the pair – who were raised without their father – lost it all. Robinson stepped up and vowed to take care of his sister, now 9 years old.
Thursday night, when Sacramento selected him with the fifth overall pick, he made good on that promise.
He hugged Jayla, fought back tears, and shook hands with David Stern. When he began to speak with ESPN’s Mark Jones those emotions flooded to the surface. Jones moved his line of questioning to basketball, asking how the newest member of the Kings was able to go from sixth man to All-American. Robinson, who was visibly struggling for words uttered the most telling, moving non-answer in the history of NBA Draft interviews.
“I’m not stopping for nobody,” he said. “I’ve got work to do and Imma do it.”
Here’s to Thomas Robinson. I wish Jayla’s big brother nothing but success.