Thomas Robinson: Sacramento Kings Rookie Suspended for Elbowing Jonas Jerebko

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 8, 2012

Sacramento Kings rookie Thomas Robinson will be suspended for two games for throwing an elbow at Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko on Wednesday night, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Windhorst tweeted on Thursday:

Also NBA suspended Kings' rookie Thomas Robinson 2 games for elbow he gave to Pistons' Jonas Jerebko last night

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 8, 2012


Robinson's vicious elbow in the fourth quarter of the Kings' 105-103 victory sent Jerebko crashing to the floor. Robinson was immediately ejected from the game.

The No. 5 overall pick in the NBA draft this year, Robinson has had a slow start to his NBA career. He's averaging 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in roughly 13 minutes per game.

The rookie had two points (1-of-2 shooting), seven rebounds, one steal and one block in the Kings' win on Wednesday.

He's been playing behind Jason Thompson at power forward this season, but there's no question the Kings have plans for him in their future. He has the potential to not only surpass Thompson but also make a considerable impact in the NBA with his explosiveness, rebounding ability and quick hands.

First, though, Robinson must learn to stay composed on the hardwood. He didn't have any character concerns coming into the draft, so it appears frustration simply caught up to him on Wednesday night.

DeMarcus Cousins had immaturity issues coming into the league (some say he still does), but he has appeared to settle in, focusing on playing good basketball while keeping distractions to a minimum. 

Kings fans hope this is simply a speed bump for Robinson instead of a trend.

Like Cousins, he has the talent to be a difference-maker in the NBA.


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