For David Robinson, the wait was worth it.
Robinson, who waited two years to play for the San Antonio Spurs while finishing a Navy commitment, was unanimously named NBA Rookie of the Year on Friday.Robinson, who led the Spurs to the greatest single-season improvement in league history, said the two-year layoff from organized basketball helped more than it hurt.
"I learned to be patient, not to fight things and keep my stress level down," he said. "It's helped me greatly this season. I'm mellow and I refuse to let things bother me."
Robinson, who averaged 24.3 points, 12 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game this season, was the first unanimous selection as top rookie since Ralph Sampson in 1984. The 7-foot-1 center received all 92 votes from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
"This is one more thing in a great line of things that have happened to me this year," said Robinson, who won every Rookie of the Month award this season. "All this stuff is just coming so fast it's almost hard to appreciate it all right now."