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Lunch with David Robinson, Hall of Fame Center, two-time NBA Champion, and Founder, Admiral Capital Group, interviewed by Hannah Storm, Anchor, ESPN’s SportsCenter
Culture is key to sport and work, says NBA all-star
David Robinson is a two-time NBA Champion, Hall of Fame Center and father of three whose private equity firm is helping build schools in San Antonio, Texas. But his biggest accomplishment, he said, is building a culture that produces great people.
Even today, he feels like his former basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs, is his extended family. People call him and want to talk. One player asked Robinson to officiate his wedding. “We built a culture that guys felt like they could grow up in,” said Robinson, who was interviewed on stage by Hannah Storm of ESPN’s SportsCenter during day one of the Strategic Growth Forum.
Robinson is also the founder of Admiral Capital Group, a private equity firm focused on real estate, and he created The David Robinson Foundation with his wife, Valerie. He says the leadership skills he learned on the court have been helpful in the business world, too.
“Put people in a position where they can be successful,” he advised. Make sure they know you have their back, as long as they work hard and do the right things.
“You can’t fall into a position,” he said. “Your personality is going to permeate the whole organization. You have to embrace that. You have to say, this is who I am — either you like it or you don’t.”
Hall of Fame Center, two-time NBA Champion, and Founder, Admiral Capital Group
During his 14-year career, David Robinson won two NBA titles and was named league MVP, Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a 10-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA selection and three-time Olympian. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and is a member of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Robinson played for the 1996 US Olympic “Dream Team,” which won a gold medal at the Olympics in Atlanta and was the first player to play in three Olympic Games for the US Men's Basketball team. In Robinson's final season, 2003, he punctuated his career by winning his second NBA title. Robinson retired as the Spurs' all-time record holder in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. Along with his wife, Valerie, he created the David Robinson Foundation in 1992. Robinson also gave an $11 million commitment to the Carver Academy, a San Antonio school for students from culturally diverse communities, which opened in 2001. In 2003, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the NBA Community Assist award winners would receive the David Robinson plaque.
Hannah Storm is currently the lead anchor for ESPN’s flagship show SportsCenter, and also reports for the network on the US Open and Wimbledon. She has also hosted the interview series Face to Face with Hannah Storm. Through her production company, Brainstormin’ Productions, Hannah executive produced the documentary Unmatched, which was part of the ESPN 30 for 30 anthology, and also executive produced the ESPN HERoics documentary Moving The Goal. Prior to ESPN, Hannah co-hosted The Early Show on CBS from 2002 to 2007, covering major news events, and also hosted shows for the award-winning CBS newsmagazine 48 Hours. Her national television presence began as the first female host of CNN Sports Tonight from 1989 to 1992. Storm became the first woman in American television history to act as solo host of a network’s sports package when she hosted NBC Major League Baseball games. Her hosting credits also include the Daytona 500, the Olympic Games, the NBA and the NFL, and she was the first play-by-play announcer for the WNBA in 1997. Hannah Storm is the author of two books: Notre Dame Inspirations and Go Girl!: Raising Healthy, Confident and Successful Daughters through Sports.