Stanley Robinson Hospitalized Due to Staph Infection
As a junior at the University of Connecticut, Robinson had to take a semester off of school to go to work in an industrial plant so that he was better able to provide for his two young daughters. Following his senior season, Robinson was projected as a possible first-round pick before falling to the penultimate pick of the draft. Robinson then looked like he'd be on the Magic's opening-day roster, but the team surprisingly cut him while electing to keep Malik Allen -- despite the fact that Orlando wasn't over the 15-player maximum and could have kept Robinson on a minimum-salary contract.
The latest setback might be the worst, however.
Robinson, a 6-foot-9 forward, was recently acquired by the Houston Rockets' NBA D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers and playing well as he scored 22 points and added five rebounds, two steals and a block in just 18 minutes of action for the club in his second game with the team.
Shortly thereafter, however, Robinson's foot began hurting him. After being limited to just nine minutes in a Vipers' victory on Tuesday, Robinson found that the pain in his foot had been caused by a staph infection, leading to him being admitted to the hospital.
There are several different kinds of staph, and while FanHouse currently doesn't know the specifics, the most common cause skin infections and irritations limited to small areas of a person's body. It's also become prevalent in basketball circles as Rudy Gay, Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Chris Kaman, and Kenyon Martin have all been shelved due to the infection, and the Boston Celtics had a scare in their locker room as well. Mike Gansey, a sharp-shooting guard for the D-League's Erie BayHawks last season, also was nearly forced out of basketball after enduring a serious case of staph infection while in training camp with the Miami Heat his rookie season.
Robinson's case seems to have been caught early enough that it won't cause any serious issues to his basketball career.
"Stanley is recovering well and should be out shortly," Gersson Rosas, the Houston Rockets Vice President of Player Personnel, wrote FanHouse in an e-mail. "(We're) hoping for a speedy recovery so he can join us soon."
Jim Calhoun, Robinson's coach at UConn, told the Hartford Courant that the Houston Rockets were ready to call up Robinson, though Rosas wrote that the Vipers were not aware of any potential call-ups for Robinson at this stage.
Once healthy, however, Robinson could certainly be on NBA decision makers' short list when it comes time to offer 10-day contracts as his blend of size, raw athleticism and hustle are certainly tantalizing.