Kings notes: Robinson hopes for All-Star Weekend berth

Published: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Considering the Kings' record, it wasn't surprising that no Sacramento players were chosen for the All-Star Game.

That doesn't mean the Kings cannot be represented.

Thomas Robinson still hopes to appear on All-Star Weekend in Houston next month.

After starting slowly this season, Robinson hopes his improved play in January will catch the attention of the league's assistant coaches. They vote on players for the Rising Stars Challenge, which features the NBA's best first- and second-year players.

The participants will be announced Wednesday.

"It would be a great thing to play in the game," Robinson said. "My situation is a little different than what I expected, but … I'm making the best of it."

Robinson hoped to play much more this season. But entering Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena, the forward was averaging 15.5 minutes, 20th among rookies.

Robinson entered Friday's game averaging 5.8 rebounds in 15 minutes per game in January, a 1.2 improvement over his season average.

His five points per game are slightly above his 4.7 average for the season.

"Hopefully, they notice that I make the best of my situation," Robinson said. "Hopefully, I make the game. If not, life goes on."

Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette are the Kings' second-year candidates for the game.

DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans were selected for the game in their rookie and sophomore seasons.

Vision plan – Friday night's game was the VSP Eyes of Hope Game.

The Kings, in conjunction with VSP, collected gently used glasses to be donated around the world. For every pair given, VSP donated an eye exam and new glasses to a local child in need.

Evans has worked with VSP to provide eye exams in his hometown of Chester, Pa., and was part of the marketing campaign Friday night.

Getting fit – The Kings and Thunder wore special blue shooting shirts and headbands as part of the NBA's 2013 FIT Live Healthy Week (Jan. 24-Feb. 1).

NBA FIT is the league's program to promote healthy living.

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