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“Everyone’s done a good job, not just the players who come here. Management’s done a good job. [Popovich] sets the tone, and you have guys like Manu [Ginobili] and Tony [Parker] and Tim [Duncan] who carry it through.”

Former Spurs and Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr. got to know Robinson during his two seasons in San Antonio (2008-10) and called him one of the game’s best ambassadors.

“He’s one of the greatest centers of all time. He helped take the Spurs in the right direction from the time he got there,” Mason said. “He showed that if the best player is able to be coached, not only does it give you a championship team, but a championship organization. That’s why the Spurs are what they are today.”

Enjoying retirement

In addition to attending Spurs games, Robinson says he spends most of his time “just being a dad.” Middle son Corey will be attending Notre Dame in the fall to play football. His business ventures include a private equity fund that invests in real estate, he serves as a minister at his church and he maintains an interest in Carver Academy, an elementary school he founded in 2001 with his wife, Valerie.

He also has the signature moment every athlete dreams of — ending his career holding a championship trophy.

“There’s a lot of great moments, great memories with this organization,” Robinson said. “Winning the first championship was probably my proudest moment, but then finishing my career on a championship note, that was pretty good, too.”