Spurs' Robinson wins annual award
Updated: Monday May 07, 2001 7:27 PM
He asked that the $25,000 award be donated to the Carver Academy, a San Antonio school for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students from primarily low-income families. Robinson and his wife, Valerie, have donated $5 million to the project.
"In today's world, you hear this negative press about a lot of players," Robinson said Monday night before the Spurs met the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. "It's nice to be recognized for something positive."
Sportsmanship, he said, "is still a very important part of this game."
"I think it has suffered over the last few years, with a lot of the trash-talking and showing off. But with basketball, you really have to respect each other and respect the game," he said.
Robinson said he hoped sportsmanship wouldn't suffer in the Spurs-Mavericks series as a result of Juwan Howard's flagrant foul in Game 1 that left Derek Anderson of San Antonio out of the playoffs with a separated shoulder.
"I think the foul by Juwan was a bad foul," Robinson said. "I think that if it wasn't malicious, it was foolish.
"Hopefully we can all get over that and continue to play hard. Our team has gotten where we've gotten because we've been more consistent than other teams, and we'll have to stay that way," he said. "We can't be distracted by trying to get revenge or act crazy; we just need to go play basketball, and that's when we're at our best."