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On Tuesday he told me, "I can't blame the refs. They have a job to do. I put myself in that situation, and I knew the outcome of that." And while the rest of us were watching the scramble for Gilbert Brown's missed free throw with momentary confusion -- wait, was there a foul? -- Robinson wasn't confused at all. "I knew once I heard the ref blow his whistle what the call was going to be," he said. "I didn't have to look. I was just trying to make a play, and I knew as soon as the whistle blew what I had done."
I asked Robinson what sort of reception he expects to get from the home crowd when he's introduced as a starter before the first game.
"I would think the same ovation we always get," he said.
I told him he was wrong.
Robinson looked at me with a horrified look.
I told him he would get a standing ovation. I told him Pittsburgh people appreciate athletes who don't make excuses or look to pass blame. I told him they know character in a kid when they see it.
I'm thinking it was the first time he smiled in a few days.