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Here's to you, Eddie Robinson


Eddie Robinson E-Rob: "I try to be one of those guys to come in a room and spice some things up."
August 8, 2001 -- On Tuesday, the Bulls officially introduced small forward Eddie Robinson at a press conference held at the Sheri L. Berto Center in Deerfield. The 6-9, 208-pound Robinson is entering his third NBA season after two years in Charlotte. He averaged 7.2 ppg, and 2.9 rpg while shooting 54.0 percent from the floor as a Hornet.

Bulls.com:
How does it feel to be a member of the Chicago Bulls?

Eddie Robinson:
It feels pretty good and it's been a long process to get to this point. I'm very excited to be here and I really want to be here. I feel like I'm wanted here and that's important. It's a great city and my wife has family here so I love it already. The fans are outstanding. The team finished second in attendance (last year) and that shows they are loyal to their city and their teams and that's a great aspect of Chicago, too. I can't wait to get started here.

Bulls.com:
What factors throughout free agency made you decide to come to Chicago?

Eddie Robinson:
At the end of the season last year, I was telling the media that it was going to be God's decision on where He is going to put me and I guess this is where He wanted me to be and it's where I'll end up at. The Bulls put me at the top of their (free agent) list and that is something that Charlotte really didn't do. The Bulls did what they had to do to make sure they really got me here and that was a sign that they really wanted me.

When I came here I felt wanted like I have never felt before. I had heard a lot of stories about Jerry (Krause) this and Jerry that... but they were in one ear and out the other. When I met him, he was nothing like what people had told me--Jerry is up-front, he's honest and he's going to tell you how he feels and what should be done. That's how it should be. We hit it off pretty well.

Eddie and Jaalen Robinson While Robinson met the media, his son Jaalen was right by his side.
Bulls.com:
Was it tough to leave Charlotte after making it to the playoffs?

Eddie Robinson:
It was tough because the fans were always so supportive of me. When I got into the game, they would get excited just because I was on the floor. So that's the one thing that made me feel bad about leaving--the fans.

Bulls.com:
The Bulls implemented a new offense this summer that's more up-tempo with a lot of slashing to the basket. What kind of basketball do you like to play?

Eddie Robinson:
I talked to Coach Floyd and we haven't gone into deep detail yet but I think we're going to run some triangle and run some other things, too. He knows we need to run plays that fit the players and their athleticism.

Bulls.com:
What do you know about the current Bulls team?

Eddie Robinson:
I think we're going to have a good team this year. We've got (Ron) Artest, (Ron) Mercer, the two young guys (Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry) and the additions of Charles Oakley and Greg Anthony, who come in and provide a lot of leadership. They both have a lot of experience and we all have a lot to learn from them. We just have to all get on one page and get our chemistry down. We'll need to learn everyone else's game and know our roles (to be successful).

Bulls.com:
Charlotte guard Baron Davis describes you as funny and quiet. How would you describe yourself?

Eddie Robinson:
I think quiet and funny are right. I try to be one of those guys to come in a room and spice some things up. I try to have fun everywhere I'm at and get along with everyone I'm with.

Bulls.com:
What is the last movie you saw and what's in your CD player right now?

Eddie Robinson:
I can't remember what the last movie I saw was. I did see Enemy at the Gates recently and that was great, I really loved it. As for music, my cousin is in a group called The Prophets so I listen to them.

Bulls.com:
This interview is going to be posted at Bulls.com and will be read by Bulls fans all over the world. What message do you have for them?

Eddie Robinson:
Just to get ready--it's going to be an exciting year!

- Adam Fluck, Bulls.com