Denver Post: “Ball of energy” Nate Robinson brings humor, laughter to his game

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.”

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  • shortballermichie45

    nate youre my inspiration coming from a short bball player I know how it feels to be underated but its all good so forget the haters Thanks STATEOFNATE