The Los Angeles Clippers announced today they have signed free agent guard Nate Robinson to a 10-day contract. Robinson, 30, most recently played for the Denver Nuggets where he averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds over 33 games (one start) this season.
A 10-year NBA veteran, the Seattle native has appeared in 607 career games (106 starts) with averages of 11.1 points, 3.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 22.6 minutes of play with New York, Boston, Oklahoma City, Golden State, Chicago and Denver.
Originally drafted with the 21st overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns before being traded to New York on draft day, Robinson is a three-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion (2006, 2009, 2010) and was a key contributor in helping Boston reach the 2010 NBA Finals. He spent three years at the University of Washington where he was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 performer.
Robinson will wear #8 for the Clippers.
In his new book Heart Over Height, available today at Amazon, iBooks and StateofNate.com, Robinson shares his motivational story of how he combined dogged determination with unstoppable will to achieve his seemingly impossible goals. In the book, Robinson’s first, he examines the habits of success he mastered that can apply to anyone facing personal obstacles that appear insurmountable.
Throughout the pages of Heart Over Height, Robinson takes fans behind the scenes to the challenges of his childhood as well as his career’s defining moments. Heart Over Height brings to life a story that personifies what it means to persevere.
Starting with Robinson being named both the high school football and basketball Player of the Year in his home state, his surprising selection as the New York Knicks’ first-round draft pick following just two full-time years of playing college basketball and his unprecedented claiming of three NBA Slam Dunk Championships, Nate has defied the odds every step of his journey. His has been the career countless pundits never believed could happen, particularly within a sport dominated by towering athletes.
Having just completed his ninth electrifying season in the NBA, Robinson has proven his doubters wrong. Heart Over Height chronicles the people, places, teams and fans along Nate’s unlikely path that cemented his confidence and made his rise to stardom possible.
Heart Over Height includes interviews with many of Robinson’s greatest influences, including NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, NBA Slam Dunk Champion Spud Webb and University of Washington Men’s Head Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar.
Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson underwent surgery this afternoon to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Nuggets General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced tonight.
“It’s always tough to see one of your players go down with an injury,” Connelly said. “Nate is known for his heart and determination, so I have no doubt he will work hard to get back on the court as soon as possible. He has the full support of our team and organization.”
The procedure was performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Traina at Midtown Surgical Center.
Robinson, signed by Denver as a free agent on July 26, 2013, averaged 10.4 points and 2.5 assists in 44 games with the Nuggets this season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nuggets reserve point guard Nate Robinson is hosting a Super Bowl party Sunday, and Broncos fans aren’t invited.
It’s not that the affable nine-year NBA veteran dislikes the Broncos or their fan base. It’s just that Robinson, who was born in Seattle and played for the University of Washington, has been a Seahawks fan since birth. Oh, and an Oakland Raiders fan too. His father, Jacque Robinson, was born and raised in Oakland.
So forgive him, Denver.
“I’m having a small party, but really, just my kids (Nahmier, Ny’ale and Navyi) are coming down,” said Robinson, who said he is an unabashed fan of the Seahawks no matter where he works as a point guard. “Even though I’m with the Nuggets, I can’t go against the grain. I’m going with Seattle.”
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.