It's hard to overstate the impact David Robinson has made on the franchise we here at PtR love so dearly. From his start to finish with the Spurs, he was an integral part of creating the entire culture of success we all now enjoy (with an emphasis on creating, as it was not always this way). In 1994, in classic D-Rob dominant fashion, David scored an amazine 71 points in the final game of the regular season to earn the scoring title, a number that has only been surpassed by David Thompson (73), Wilt Chamberlain (a few times), and Kobe Bryant (81). Now, while admitting that Kobe has been an incredibly dominant player for the entirety of his career, and will no doubt be remembered among the greatest to play the game, there is an element to David that Kobe lacks.
One could certainly make an argument against what I am saying, and in reality, the merits of the case probably have little effect on the court. What I will say, however, is I'm glad you wouldn't find the face of the Spurs franchise (I don't think any Spurs fans have a problem with saying that David is just as much a part of the face as Timmeh is) advertising to the rest of the country to join him on twitter and relive his 71 point game. If you don't know what I'm referring to, (you most likely do, it was "very important news") Kobe invited America to follow him on twitter, as he watched his 81 point performance, apparently "for the first time." Admittedly, this all may sound like it is coming from a bias homer perspective, or from just another one of Kobe's "haters," and it is possible that I could be taking an insignificant event and making inappropriate comparisons out if it. Nonetheless, there is a certain amount of pride that I, along with all Spurs fans, take in the level of character Spurs players, and more importantly the franchise leaders, exhibit on and off the court. We here at PtR appreciate how entertaining and rewarding the world of sports can be, but we also appreciate that the face(s) of our franchise carry a certain level of integrity. This is an attitude that #50 championed, spread, and solidified in his community, and an attitude you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.