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Big Dog of a Charity Event

8/15/2005

Here's how Glenn Robinson's stay in school party and celebrity game went down over the weekend in Gary, Indiana, according to Tony Zezovski of the Post-Tribune.

...only two NBA players (Robinson and Linton Johnson III of the Spurs) showed up and neither hit the floor for the impatiently waiting crowd that was promised the likes of Ray Allen of the Seattle Supersonics, Bobby Simmons and T.J. Ford of the Milwaukee Bucks, Ricky Davis of the Boston Celtics and Therone Smith of the Charlotte Bobcats.

With the festivities scheduled to start at 2 p.m., players leisurely started to arrive a short time after but were not recognizable. Robinson nor his colleagues from the NBA where anywhere in sight until 3:40 p.m., when word quickly spread through out Bo Mallard Gymnasium that the "Big Dog" would only be seen in street clothes.

Being a free agent this year and looking for his next big contract, Robinson was not inclined to risk injury prior to signing on the dotted line with his next employer and opted out of the game.

Two hours after the scheduled start time, the crowd was introduced to a group of players nowhere near the caliber of NBA players.

Tedious as it may seem, there's a lot to be said for good, professional event planning.