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June 28, 2012
Kings up the intensity with Robinson

The Kings might have the most intense duo of young frontcourt players in the NBA.

The first thing I noticed about Thomas Robinson when I met him at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago was his confidence. It reminded me a lot of DeMarcus Cousins.

Like Cousins, Robinson believed he should be the first pick in the draft. And like Cousins, Robinson plays with an attitude.

Robinson is looking forward to playing with Cousins.

"It's definitely going to help me keep my intensity up with no problem because I know he's going to be going hard," said Robinson of playing with Cousins And if you're out there you can't help but to go hard out there with him."

It doesn't seem like too long ago the Kings were labeled one of the softest teams in the NBA. They're slowly changing that with Cousins, Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton joining the team.

Kings coach Keith Smart is going to love Robinson.

"He obviously knows he has to work,," Smart said. "He's from a program (Kansas) that lends itself to working hard before you can be productive. So I don't think you're going to have a problem with him wanting to work to become very good basketball player. IN his mind he probably thought he was the best player and I'm sure he's going to prove that. But he's a very humble individual."

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