Throughout his career, Nate Robinson has made a habit of defying expectations. Despite standing just 5â€™9, Robinson has made a niche for himself in the NBA as an explosive scorer and one of the leagues most vicious dunkers. The former UW star followed in the footsteps of Spud Webb and proved that size doesnâ€™t matter, winning not one, but three slam dunk contests.
While Robinson has become known for his elite athleticism, he acknowledges that he wouldnâ€™t be in the NBA if it werenâ€™t for the hard work and focus on the fundamentals that he put in at a young age.
â€œI was 10 years old when I first played organized basketball. I played for a team called the Mean Machines,â€ explained Robinson. â€œ My father introduced me to the game. I had a cousin who taught me the fundamentals of basketball, what it takes to really be great, really be successful. She worked out everyday at 6 oâ€™clock in the morning in Oakland, California and she took me with her and really got me going.â€