Jose Calderon

Lakers' Thomas Robinson gets a little help from (new) friends as he matures

Lakers' Thomas Robinson gets a little help from (new) friends as he matures

There have been many times in Thomas Robinson’s career that he’s lacked playing time, when his role has been to wait on the bench until the team needs him. Admittedly, he hasn’t always handled it well.

This month, two of the Lakers’ veteran role players have helped the 25-year-old reserve forward come to terms with it.

Point guards Marcelo Huertas and Jose Calderon have taken Robinson into their group. Robinson now regularly joins in the extra work they do outside practice.  It’s a way for all three players to give themselves the work they don’t get in games, and to stay in shape and ready.

“They come in early;...

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