That was a word frequently used by newly acquired Fever player, Danielle Robinson, as she spoke to the local media on Thursday for the first time after signing a multi-year contract with the team.
“I think when free agency started it was about finding a home,” Danielle stated. “You know these last four years I’ve bounced around a little bit and wanted to find a place that I could call home and I think there was no better place than the basketball mecca aka the Hoosier State of Indiana. So, I’m definitely excited to be joining this team, joining our fan base and joining management in this quest to bring another championship to Indy.”
Drafted 6th overall by the San Antonio Stars in the first round of the 2011 WNBA Draft, Robinson has been an impact player on every team that she has been a member of.
In her nine seasons, Robinson has averaged 9.2 points, 4.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 272 games (188 starts) with the San Antonio Stars (2011-15), Phoenix Mercury (2017), Minnesota Lynx (2018-19) and Las Vegas Aces (2020).
Last season in the WNBA bubble, she was key part of the Aces’ success as she helped them earn the No. 1 overall seed after capturing an 18-4 record during the regular season and then in playoffs, she started seven of their eight playoff games.
For head coach Marianne Stanley, it’s Robinson’s experience and leadership that really stands out.
“Danielle’s presence is going to give us another experienced leader on the floor,” Coach Stanley replied. “I think the other piece to this is that Danielle is a really unselfish player who knows how to lead.
“Watching her compete over these last nine years in the league, she’s gone through injuries, being an all-star, working with USA Basketball to represent the United States. She’s kind of seen it all, so I know that body of experience is part of what she brings to this situation. “
As for Robinson, she credits her growth as a leader and player to former Fever player and coach, Tully Bevilaqua.
The 5-7 Australian played for Indiana from 2005 to 2010, However, she finished her career in San Antonio (2011-2012), and alongside Becky Hammon, who is now retired and an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, was there to help mold Robinson when she first entered the league.
“Tully was in San Antonio when I was rookie, so between her and Becky I learned a ton on how to be professional, how to lead at the point guard position, how to communicate because you can’t communicate with everyone the same, you really have to learn your teammates. I think that was really important to me, it’s helped to shape my career and made it easier to connect with teammates immediately. So shoutout Tully and Becky as well.”
One thing’s for sure, Robinson will be a key contributor to this young Fever team, and Robinson made it clear that she is ready to do her part to help bring a championship back to Indiana.
“You know I think we need to change the narrative about Indiana basketball, about us. We have a lot of young talent, but we have the pieces and chemistry trumps a lot of things and I think with the right people in the locker room you can get a lot of things done. So that’s why I was excited to join this team.”