Former New York Knicks guard and NBA Slam-Dunk Champion Nate Robinson just did something ridiculous.
Former Slam Dunk Contest Champion and New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson decided to return to the hardwood after failing to make a career for himself in the NFL. After spending 2016 playing in the Israel Basketball Premier League, he made the choice of pursuing a career in the NFL.
Robinson went to the University of Washington on a football scholarship. He decided to focus on a basketball career during his sophomore year.
So he does have a football background and he did receive a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks. However, he did not make the cut and was released.
He then decided to make a return to the NBA. Robinson spent time pleading to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign him. This was after James was complaining about needing playmakers.
His plea attempt did not get him signed by the Cavaliers. In fact, he was not signed by any other team for that matter. On February 8th, Robinson signed a deal with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Developmental League (D-League).
Robinson’s debut for the 87ers was on Valentine’s Day. The 87ers won the game against the Maine Red Claws 123-101. Robinson played 18 minutes off the bench, he scored three points, collected three assist and three steals.
In the eight games that he has played in, he is averaging eight points per contest. Robinson is also adding three assists and playing an average of 23 minutes a night.
Most importantly, Robinson was in the headlines this week for a crafty move he pulled off. The 5-foot-9 Robinson got trapped by Walter “Edy” Tavares, who is 7-foot-3.
Just as it looked like Robinson had nowhere to go he ducked and went right through the legs of Tavares, then he attacked the basket and drew the foul (video above).
The 32-year old has made a solid career for himself in the NBA. He has averaged 11 points per game and three assists. He has bounced around the league during his career playing for nine different teams.
It’s unlikely he will be picked up by an NBA team this year, but perhaps a strong showing in the D-League can set him up with a shot to make a team’s roster next season.