Glenn Robinson - Big Dog With The Bucks
Big Dog with the Bucks
Due to the holdout, Robinson missed training camp. As a result, his start with the Bucks was shaky. His recovery was quick, however, and by the end of the season he led all rookie scorers with 21.9 points per game and finished second in the voting for Rookie of the Year. In 1996 he was named to the Olympic "Dream Team III," although he opted to fully recover from the Achilles tendonitis that had plagued him during the season rather than play.
During his time off, Robinson worked on conditioning, footwork and ballhandling. "I want to be known as a complete player," he told The Sporting News. "The emphasis was on my offense the first two years, but I want to be known for all aspects of the game." Coach Chris Ford took notice, and named Robinson co-captain in the 1996-97 season. It took some time, but the Bucks finally made the postseason in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001 Robinson led the Bucks to the Eastern Conference finals.
In July 2002 Robinson made headlines for his off-court behavior. After an altercation with his former fiancée, he was arrested for domestic battery, assault and possession of a firearm. The next month, following a season in which the Bucks did not make the playoffs, the team traded Robinson to Atlanta. Robinson, who has risen above defeat and disappointment so often in the past, told Sports Illustrated he was thrilled with the move. "I've always thought about living and playing in Atlanta," he said. "I'm in my prime, and this is a new beginning."