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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 6.29.12

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If you have some time today that you're looking to kill there is a lot of reaction from both Sacramento fans and Brooklyn fans on the selections of both Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor. The positive outlook can be a fun read as a fan of both of these players. Glad to see them both get an opportunity, here's hoping Tyshawn can land a roster spot and Robinson can continue to push himself to the next level.

Thomas Robinson

Memorable hug, tears just part of emotional night for Thomas Robinson |
"I made it," said Robinson, exhaling between sentences. "I mean, I made it through what everybody threw at me. I was just drafted into the NBA."

KU’s Robinson drafted fifth overall by Kings -
Thomas Robinson looked into the distance, his lungs letting in a deep breath of air as his eyes welled with tears. All the waiting was finally over. All the uncertainty wiped away.

Emotion hits Robinson after selection by Kings - Kings/NBA - The Sacramento Bee
The Kings intend to re-sign starting power forward Jason Thompson, who is a restricted free agent. Robinson, however, should provide another scorer, rebounder and a player who will be as intense as any on the floor.

Sactown Royalty - For Sacramento Kings Fans
The Kings picked Thomas Robinson at No. 5 with Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal and Dion Waiters off of the board. How do you feel about it?

Kings Pick Thomas Robinson, But Jason Thompson Remains Free Agent Priority - Sactown Royalty
Robinson figures to challenge for a starting spot next to DeMarcus Cousins early on, putting Jason Thompson's role into question. Thompson becomes a restricted free agent on Sunday. The Kings have issued a qualifying offer, meaning that the team can match any offer sheet he signs. Star-divide

Kings fans applaud team's first-round pick of Thomas Robinson - Kings/NBA - The Sacramento Bee
"I think it's a good pick," said Stephen Clemons, 47, of Sacramento. "He's a big, strong forward. And a defensive rebounder will be awesome. That's what we needed last year."

Kings Land Robinson! | SACRAMENTO KINGS
Worth checking the front page just because it's fun to see the hype.

Tyshawn Taylor

To stick in the NBA, Taylor must defend |
To stick in the NBA and play in front of Brooklyn crowds that will include family members and high school friends and opponents, Taylor will need to embrace the role of becoming a defensive pest in the NBA the way Brady Morningstar did as his teammate in college.

KU’s Taylor winds up close to home after NBA Draft -
Just nearly 10 miles from his childhood neighborhood in Hoboken, N.J., Taylor will now try to make good on an NBA Draft dream after a sometimes unstable four-year career at Kansas.

Rapid Reaction: Nets trade for Taylor - Brooklyn Nets Blog - ESPN New York
Hoboken, N.J., native Tyshawn Taylor is headed to Brooklyn.

NetsDaily - For Brooklyn Nets Fans
"Tyshawn goes from being the most criticized guy that I’ve coached — period — to now, ‘How in the world can we play without him?’ and every fan feels the same way," Kansas Coach Bill Self said.

Kansas Athletics


Kentucky claims top two spots, six total picks in NBA draft |
Calipari has this thing running on cruise control.