Duncan Robinson became a fan favorite while in Ann Arbor because of his ability to shoot the three ball and he has done the same thing in Miami with the Heat. He's not only a favorite with the fans, he's a favorite among his teammates and coaches, and it's likely going to result in a massive pay day before too long.
Because of that, he's making more and more appearances on sports talk shows like he did with Jalen Rose and David Jacoby earlier today on ESPN. Jalen and Jacoby talked to Robinson about being an American white dude in the NBA, the challenge of playing during a pandemic and, of course, the maize and blue.
"Our Michigan Wolverines played basketball last night," Jalen started off while The Victors played in the background. "We went into the game ranked No. 7 and we beat the brakes off of Wisconsin last night! Talk about what you see happening in Ann Arbor."
"Man, they’re just fun to watch," Robinson replied. "Juwan [Howard] has them rolling. It’s no surprise to me, as I’m sure it’s no surprise to you, that he just has them firing on all cylinders."
Firing on all cylinders is one thing, and that's why Michigan was able to open up a 40-point lead during the game last night, but it's also about how it just looks. The bench mob is going crazy, the players are smiling while out on the court and Juwan and his assistants are getting fired up and throwing hard high fives after big plays. Like everyone else, Robinson has noticed.
"They just look like they’re having fun, which is my favorite thing just as a fan and as an alum of the program," Robinson said. "Just to see those guys enjoying the moment and playing together and just making the most of opportunities. Even in this strange year that we’re all going through. To see them all come together like that, especially for a game particularly like last night. I had a chance to watch some of the highlights and it was just a lot of fun."
Rose was sporting his Block M hat during the interview and repeatedly pointed to it whenever Robinson said something that specifically struck a chord with the former Fab Fiver. Both former Wolverines were smiling ear to ear during the entirety of the short interview and you could almost feel Rose's sense of pride they discussed how one of his brothers and best friends is leading their alma mater to great heights.
Even though Robinson didn't begin his college career in Ann Arbor, he certainly finished it as a true Michigan Man. He carries that with him in the NBA, clearly relates to Rose because of it and finished off his interview with the recognizable, "Go Blue," before throwing up the Block M with his hands.