Originally created 08/13/02

Big Dog introduced as newest Atlanta Hawk



ATLANTA -- Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson leaves a team that fell below expectations and missed the playoffs and could have made the NBA Finals in 2001 if he hadn't missed a jump shot.

He comes to the Atlanta Hawks hoping to move past assault charges and join a team that has given its season-ticket holders a partial money-back guarantee if they don't make the playoffs.

"The players are pumped, I'm pumped, and it's a new beginning for me. I'm just looking to add to the mix," Robinson said Monday during his first public appearance since being traded.

The Milwaukee Bucks dealt the 6-foot-7 Robinson to the Hawks Aug. 2 for Toni Kukoc, Leon Smith and a first-round draft pick.

Robinson, 29, has an eight-year career average of 21.1 points and 6.2 rebounds, including 20.7 points and 6.2 rebounds last season. He's a two-time All-Star with three years left on an 11-year contract paying him a little more than $7 million a season.

Robinson said he would balance the Hawks with exactly what they need - a strong shooting threat to complement the inside game of Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Theo Ratliff.

"With more perimeter shooting, that's going to help Shareef ... they can't leave me open," Robinson said. "You don't know where it's coming from. We can complement each other. I'm going to be on the perimeter to help if they double-team."

The move to Atlanta is a new start for Robinson, and he hopes to leave past failures and criminal charges behind him in Milwaukee.

He was charged last month with misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, assault and illegal possession of a firearm after police said he pushed his former fiancee and demanded to be let into her house.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 19. Robinson has apologized and said he would face the consequences.

"I'm ready to get it over with and move on with my life," Robinson said. "I don't think it's going to distract me at all."

At the end of the 2001 season, Robinson took a last-second shot in Game 5 of the semifinals that would have allowed Milwaukee to defeat Philadelphia and advance to play the Los Angeles Lakers. He missed, and the game was lost 89-88.

Last season, the Bucks didn't even reach the playoffs and finished with a 41-41 record after collapsing in the second half of the season. His new teammates said the Hawks are a team that can only improve from its 33-49 record.

"When you put a weapon like the Big Dog out there, who knows what we can do," said guard Jason Terry. "All this talking, I just want to play."

Alan Henderson, who was one of Robinson's rivals in high school and college in Indiana, said he'll have to get used to playing with his old competitor again.

"On the court, we would battle like there was no tomorrow, but it's going to be like that on the court with anyone," he said. "He's a great pickup. It just makes us that much better."