London Lions star Robinson on BBL buzz, play-off hopes and Leicester rivalry

It’s been a strange year for everyone, and as a basketball player in Britain it's been no different.

Obviously playing without fans has been a really strange experience. It still is even after all this time, and I know everyone is excited to get fans back in the arenas.

But I think it’s been a good year for the sport given the circumstances. I came back to England wanting to help the BBL grow, and there’s been a lot of buzz around the sport this year.

We’ve had games back on Sky Sports, there’s been a lot of noise on social media. Hopefully we can feed off that when fans can come back, because we’re all looking forward to having fans back at the Copper Box and bringing that energy again.

For us at the London Lions, we’ve missed the fans and that’s just one of the ways COVID has affected us. We had a lot of players out at certain times, and it meant we weren’t able to complete our European campaign.

It’s been an OK year for us, but we were a bit disappointed to miss out on the League Championship to Leicester.

We’ve got a chance to rectify it in the play-offs, and if we can win the Play-Off Championship that’d be a big achievement.

My first year back with the Lions we lost to Leicester in the final, and that was a great learning experience for us as a team.

We’ve kept developing, and we’re all hoping this year we can win our first Play-Off Championship in Lions’ history.

Since I’ve been here, Leicester have always been our biggest rivals. They know when we play them that we’re going to give them our best, and vice versa. It’s always a battle and a great competition.

They’re a historic team, along with Newcastle, and they’ve had a lot of success. But that’s what we’re striving for in London and hopefully we can do that in the next few weeks.

DeAndre Liggins was a big signing for us in the off-season having played alongside LeBron James in the NBA. I’ve been really impressed with him as a team player, his approach to the game, and just what he brings.

He’s the best defensive player in the league. He’s got great instincts, knowing where the ball is, and he takes a lot of pressure off me personally.

He’s my MVP, along with Dirk Williams. Hopefully they can play a big part for us at the end of the year, but it’ll need to be a team effort.

It's going to be an exciting few weeks to end the season, so fingers crossed we can all pull together and get the job done.

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