Part of guard Nate Robinson believes he just got traded to heaven. More specifically, the home of Sonic.
Robinson's love affair America's Drive-In began during his AAU days at the age of 14 when he traveled to Las Vegas every summer.
"There's one right by the Palms (Hotel)," said Robinson, whose go-to order is a No. 3 -- Ex-Long Chili Cheese Coney with tots.
When he was informed Oklahoma City is Sonic's national headquarters, Robinson replied, "I need to talk to somebody at headquarters then -- get me some free Sonic."
Robinson discussed a potential endorsement deal. "I hope so," Robinson said. "I like those Slushes. I can get in that car and head out. I can do that easy."
Though in town less than 24 hours, Robinson claimed he already had familiarized himself with Sonic locations. "I know where all of them are at now," he said. "I'm going to be at Sonic a lot. I might just have to invest in one, sooner or later."
The 5-foot-9 Robinson also talked some basketball Saturday during his inaugural interview session two days after being traded from Boston to the Thunder.
The 26-year-old Robinson went from being one of the younger players on a Celtics' veteran roster to being one of the older players with the Thunder.
"It's more like a college atmosphere over here," Robinson said. "That's something they have over a lot of other (NBA) teams. They're just so young and energetic. They play fast, just like a college team. They play for the fun of it, they just happen to be in the NBA."
Robinson said he has been friends with All-Star forward Kevin Durant, paid attention to Russell Westbrook during his days at UCLA and Thunder forward Nick Collison "has always been cool to me."
At the end of his first practice with the Thunder, a demonstrative and boisterous Robinson battled guard Eric Maynor in a free-throw shooting contest. Robinson also buried several 3-pointers with his non-shooting (left) hand and observed while fellow guards attempted between-the-leg dunks.
How much playing time Robinson will get is uncertain.
Westbrook is an All-Star point guard and he has a solid backup in Maynor. Defensive ace Thabo Sefolosha starts at shooting guard and James Harden is the first guard off the bench. Thunder coach Scott Brooks already struggles to find playing time for reserve guards Daequan Cook and Royal Ivey.
"Hard work. Hustle. A lot of energy," Robinson said when asked to describe his game. "I'm going to try to match the fans and their energy. I think I've got a lot of it to give. Something I'm always going to do is play hard, no matter what. It doesn't matter if it's five minutes, three seconds, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, doesn't matter. Whenever my number's called, I'll be ready."