Eddie Robinson (basketball)
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
April 19, 1976 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Flint Northern (Flint, Michigan)|
|College||Trinity Valley CC (1995–1996)
Brown Mackie (1996–1997)
Central Oklahoma (1998–1999)
|NBA draft||1999 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Eddie B. Robinson Jr. (born April 19, 1976) is an American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) shooting guard/small forward, he spent five seasons (1999–2004) in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
After attending the University of Central Oklahoma, Robinson signed as an undrafted free agent with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets in 1999. Known primarily for his leaping ability and athleticism, he averaged 7.2 points per game over two seasons as a reserve with the Hornets and attracted the attention of Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause, who felt that Robinson could become a star if given more playing time. Krause signed Robinson to a 5-year, US$32 million contract in 2001. To the chagrin of the Bulls' organization, Robinson failed to meet expectations. He never averaged more than 9.0 points in a season for the Bulls and he missed 102 games in his first three years. In 2004, John Paxson, who replaced Krause as Bulls' general manager in 2003, convinced Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf to buy out the last two years of Robinson's contract. Robinson has not played in the NBA since the buy-out.
On November 2, 2006 Robinson was selected by the Idaho Stampede with the 16th overall pick in the 2006 NBDL Draft. In the 2006-07 season Robinson averaged more than 15 points for the Idaho Stampede. After the season, he was released. On November 7, 2008, he was selected with the 14th pick in the fifth round of the 2008 NBA D-League Draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. However, he was not given a contract.
On September 19, 2011, it was announced that Robinson had signed with the Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada for the 2011-12 season. However, he was placed in the injured reserve November 1. He played his first game with the Rainmen against the Oshawa Power on November 27, 2011. Robinson scored 18 points during his debut. He was released in January 2012.
- Lacy J. Banks. "Bulls write off Robinson as $31.2 million mistake; Paxson buys out rest of contract for $10.5 million". Chicago Sun-Times. November 2, 2004. 101.
- 2008 NBA D-League Draft Results
- NBL's Halifax Rainmen sign former NBA players Rodney Buford, Eddie Robinson
- NBL Canada Transactions - November 1
- Halifax Rainmen Release Eddie Robinson