CHICAGO — The most memorable moment of the Chicago Bulls’ 2013 playoff run came at the hands of Nate Robinson. The undersized, occasionally reckless veteran guard exploded for 34 points off the bench to help the Bulls pull off a 142-134 triple-overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 of their first-round series. With Derrick Rose sitting out the whole season and Joakim Noah playing through a foot injury, someone had to step up. And that savior came in Robinson’s 5-foot-9 frame.
Fast-forward to the eve of the 2013-14 season’s tipoff — Rose is back and looking as good as he ever has, and Robinson has moved on, signing a two-year, $4.1 million contract with the Denver Nuggets. Even though the Bulls opted not to re-sign him, the playoff run will forever hold special meaning for Robinson.
“It’s something special to me,” Robinson said before the Bulls’ 94-89 preseason-closing win against the Nuggets. “It was a special season and a great group of guys, man. And I miss it. I’d be lying to say I didn’t, but the guys over there, they showed me so much love — the coaching staff, the organization, the fans. It was a great run.”
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Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday joined visiting NBA star Nate Robinson in learning basic taekwondo techniques, as part of the city’s efforts to promote the Summer Universiade it is hosting in 2017.
To boost the popularity of taekwondo — a sport in which Taiwan stands a good chance of winning medals — Taipei City’s Department of Sports invited Hau and Robinson to don taekwondo outfits, receive instruction from Taiwanese Olympic gold medalist Chu Mu-yen (朱木炎) and perform a few moves with a group of elementary-school students.
While practicing together under Chu’s guidance, Hau praised Robinson as a hardworking athlete who has outperformed many taller NBA players, and said young Taiwanese athletes should learn how to overcome physical drawbacks and strive for greatness.
“Nate Robinson is a hardworking athlete, and we hope his story will inspire Taiwanese athletes to seek greatness in the Summer Universiade,” he said at the Zhongzheng Sports Center.
Robinson, who is on a five-day trip in Taiwan, described taekwondo as a difficult but beautiful sport, and said he would learn to excel in the sports if given a chance.
“If I took a class and learned how to do this I think I would be pretty good because I would challenge myself to be the best at what I do,” he said.
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