Find out how Thomas Robinson has put himself in a position to be successful both on and off the court in an appearance on The Wall Street Journal’s “The Business of Celebrity.”
After participating in the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, Sacramento Kings first-year forward Thomas Robinson reveals he has learned important life lessons that will help him stay on the right track in both his basketball career and his future entrepreneurial ventures.
“(I’ve learned) to be smart – just be aware of what’s going on,” Robinson begins in the eight-minute interview with The WSJ’s Lee Hawkins.
While his circumstances have undoubtedly changed in recent months, the Washington D.C. native’s education began at an early age, when his mother taught him how to take care of himself and be independent. Following her tragic passing in January 2011, the forward – mature beyond his years – took on the responsibility of setting a positive example for both his teammates and his family, and has his sights set on continuing to thrive.
“(In my) career, I just want to be known for (being) a hard-playing player, to be the best at my craft and just to keep adding to my game every year – and to stay in this league,” he said. “Post-career, I’m going to start preparing myself now – I want to be a businessman.”
Only a handful of units shy of earning his degree in African-American studies at Kansas University, in the long-run, the 21-year-old hopes to be known for more than just his nightly double-doubles, and vows that the strong work ethic and open mind which led him to become the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft will perfectly suit him in all facets of his multifaceted road to stardom.
For more perspective on No. 0’s outlook, check out the above video.