Warriors fans have come to know Nate Robinson as the fun-loving backup point guard who waves three fingers at a specific section of Oracle Arena after three-pointers, has a unique handshake for each teammate and dances at a moment’s notice.
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has come to know a different Robinson, one who speaks about his children before himself, has a strong faith in something more powerful than himself and is trying to learn to play in a way that doesn’t bring attention to himself.
Somewhere between those two extremes is the real Nate Robinson. It’s someone we won’t know completely, but one who has been detailed in his journal every game day since he was traded from New York to Boston in 2010.
“It’s personal,” Robinson said. “It’s something I’ll keep for myself, thoughts that I don’t want to share with other people. It’s a reflection of what’s going on in my life and what I’m thinking.”
It’s unique enough to see an NBA player turn his back to the middle of the locker room and furiously write in a diary. It’s even more eye-catching that it’s Robinson, a player once described by a former coach as having “ADHD that has ADHD ” – referring to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.