Kings notes: Rookie Robinson enjoys return to D.C.

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 - 7:52 am

WASHINGTON – Kings rookie Thomas Robinson was busy during his trip to his hometown.

Monday's game was Robinson's only appearance in Washington this season. He had to secure more than 30 tickets for the game.

A chance to see his sister Jayla, 9, was the highlight of the visit.

"(Robinson) got in a little earlier (Sunday)," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "He wanted to spend some time with his little sister. It's tough on him being away from her, and we understand that."

Jayla lives in Washington with her father, James Paris.

The bond between Robinson and Jayla became a national story after their mother died suddenly in 2011 during his sophomore season at Kansas.

That made Robinson's plans during his off day Sunday simple.

"I just chilled with my sister and saw a few friends," he said.

Smart said he didn't want Robinson to become too busy at home because some players forget to eat when they're dealing with a lot of ticket requests.

After the 96-94 win, Smart joked that Robinson needs practice at organizing tickets before the game so he can still go through his normal pregame routine.

Robinson scored nine points with three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

"Just to be home and get the 'W' is a plus for me," Robinson said.

Sick leave – John Salmons (stomach flu) started the game but did not return after playing the entire first quarter. He felt ill earlier in the day.

Salmons missed all four of his shots.

Sonics watch – A few fans at the game cheered for the Kings while wearing green and yellow.

With the Maloofs agreeing to sell a controlling interest in the team to a Seattle-based ownership group, fans in Seattle have begun paying attention to the Kings.

But the sale and relocation of the Kings are still pending NBA approval. Mayor Kevin Johnson is also working to organize an ownership group to bid on the Kings, keep them in Sacramento and help finance a new arena.

That didn't stop one fan from wearing his SuperSonics gear with a "Let's Go Future Sonics" sign or others from wearing Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton jerseys from their Seattle days.

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