And when he needed it most.
Robinson’s 14 fourth quarter points were a huge reason the Nuggets nabbed one of their most important victories of the season – an old-fashioned 123-116 shootout over Golden State at Oracle Arena. But there was something bigger at work for Robinson, whose aunt died in her sleep the day before.
“I told the guys I really wanted to win this game in-particular,” Robinson said. “It was big for me to come out and play for her and my family. My dad, it was tough on him losing his sister. He already lost his brother already. So it was just real tough coming out here at this time, dealing with a death in the family, just trying to keep everybody’s spirits up. Tonight was a good win for her.”
Robinson gestured to the sky in tribute to her after made buckets, and there were a lot of them. He was 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter. He was 2-for-3 from 3-point range in the quarter and the Nuggets needed all of his production to stave off the hard-charging Warriors.
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An early-season practice was over, but Nate Robinson wasn’t yet finished with teammate Evan Fourier. He had points to make. Many more points to make. And he was making them in megaphone style. If you were in the gym, you were in earshot. If you were not Fournier, you were cracking up. If you were Fournier, eh, it wasn’t as funny.
But it was all Nate.
Being Nate Robinson means being in perpetual motion. The jokes come at rapid-fire speed. The angst does too. It all leads to one of the unique experiences in the league — being a teammate, or coach, of Nate Robinson.
What’s it like having Nate Robinson on the basketball team?
“Ah, I can’t even answer that without laughing,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.
Having Robinson around is a lot of things, a lot of very different things. A lot of very expected and unexpected things. A lot of very frustrating and funny things. In 2½ months, Nuggets players and coaches are getting the full, uncut version of the whirlwind of everything that is being in the same space as Nate Robinson.
And they’ve loved nearly every minute of it.
“It’s never a dull moment,” Nuggets guard Ty Lawson said. “On and off the court.”
In practice it’s a constant stream of basketball-centric language, G-rated and not so G-rated. On the team bus or the charter plane (or train), it’s a constant stream of anything.
“He’s a comedian, a funny guy,” guard Randy Foye said. “A ball of energy. Always talking.”
Foye insists “every team has a Nate Robinson.”
But only the Nuggets have THE Nate Robinson.
“He’s a hilarious guy,” Foye said. “He’s always doing something to keep the team going. He’ll set guys up to do practical jokes that way. He’ll say stuff to everybody, coaches, everybody.”
Shaw has already gotten the full monty from Robinson. So, again, what’s it like having Robinson on the team?
“It’s fun. It’s challenging,” Shaw said, smiling. “But it’s nice to know that you have a weapon that can come in with energy — and it’s not always good energy — but with energy and be a threat out there on the floor. And a threat can be a good thing, and it can be a bad thing too. You have to live with what comes with the package. So that means he’s going to get into it with the referees, he’s going to get into it with his own teammates, he’s going to get into it with the coaching staff. But it all comes from a good place — he’s competitive and he wants to win. That’s what I love about him.”
First-round NBA draft pick. Three-time dunk champion. One point every two minutes. New Denver Nugget. Latest addition to Pepsi’s awesome Uncle Drew series. Short man.
As told to Nate Hopper:
I am five-nine even. With no shoes. Five-nine-and-a-half with shoes.
I’ve got a brother that’s six-one; I’ve got another brother who’s five-eleven/six-feet. I got a little brother that I’m taller than, thank god. My little sister, too. My dad’s, like, six-one-and-a-half, six-two almost. My mom is the short one; she’s the little Smurf.
We’re a competitive family—we compete in everything we do: playing cards; if we’re walking down the street, we want to be the first one down the block.
When I was younger, I was a bit of a feisty fighter type of guy. That’s something my father told me as I was becoming a man: You don’t go picking fights, but you don’t run from any of them. And I was more afraid of my father than anybody else I had to fight.
I don’t condone myself being like that—I just love to be a happy, positive person—but if I feel like they’re disrespecting me, I’ma let them know, and I’m not the type to argue.
I’ve blocked some of the greats, some of the Hall of Famers. But Yao Ming—I was just in the right place at the right time. I was in help defense, and I went to go jump and block it, and I was like, Either he’s going to get blocked, or I’m going to get dunked on. So I rolled the dice, and I ended up winning.