Kevin Garnett, the imposing power forward whose ability to jump shot and coast-to-coast was often at the center of basketball lore, was a pretty good player. But one issue with Garnett that surprised many was his ability to score from beyond the arc. Yes, he used his size and strength to impose his will in a rebounding battle. But he also used his long arms and amazing feet to shoot fadeaways and three-pointers for fun. And though he loved to play that style of game, he always knew he might regret it later.
This is not the case with second-round pick Jerome Robinson. Robinson is the player who broke the Georgetown record for three-pointers in a game with a UCL injury to the school’s all-time leading scorer in 2016. He’s also the player who has said he watched Garnett when he was in high school because of his shooting touch, and, after watching him at that old Boston Garden on Monday night, Robinson will want to never watch Garnett again.
Garnett, who is coaching Robinson in Portland, was attending a charity event to benefit the Future Blazers United Camp for Athletes. He said he was relieved that Robinson was at Duke with his family instead of having to watch him play in college. If Robertson stays healthy, he’ll likely play in the NBA right away. However, the good news for Robinson may be that he is going to get a year of development in professional basketball. And if it was Garnett’s prediction that Robinson will improve into a star of the future, Robinson will be glad he had him as a coach.
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