Isaiah Scott is a lot like most 12-year-old boys. He loves basketball, videogames, cooking and watching TV. However, he’s also spent extended time as a patient at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Jordan teamed up with Doernbecher to let Isaiah bring his own creative vision for a Jordan shoe to life.
While at Doernbecher, Isaiah became known for is stoic approach to treatment – never complaining. His mom would call him “Superman” because he was “strong as steel”. Young Isaiah embraced his newfound strongman reputation in the design of the Air Jordan 4 DB.
Unlike any Jordan to come before it, the first thing that draws your attention is the Superman ‘S’ shield woven label on the tongue. Warner Brothers was touched by Isaiah’s story, and gave Jordan Brand permission to use the logo on his behalf.
Neon green laces and pops throughout represent Isaiah’s favorite color, and are reminiscent of Superman’s Kryptonite. Nate Robinson is Isaiah’s favorite player and he wanted the Kryptonite/Kryptonate green to pay tribute to to Nate and his 2009 Slam Dunk Contest performance. Blue mesh and stitching on the upper, and red in the heel cushioning system and sockliner pay tribute to Superman’s suit.
If you look closer at the upper, you’ll see subtle arrows that can be interpreted as the ever-changing directions that life takes us in, including the ups and the downs. You’ll also notice an image of Isaiah himself peeking up on the outer heel.
The three colors from the Superman logo appear on the sole. Underneath the translucent portions, you’ll notice comic-book-style word bubbles including the word “SEVEN” which is Isaiah’s favorite number.
Nate put Isaiah’s Doernbecher Air Jordan 4 design on a big stage when he wore them during the Rip City Classic in Portland this fall. This season, Isaiah got a chance to hang with his favorite player when Nate was in town to play the Portland Trailblazers.
Complex.com and Nicekicks.com gave Nate Robinson props this weak for being the of the NBA’s best sneakerheads. On the court, NiceKicks.com nominated Nate for the Top “Kicks on Court” for the 2012 NBA season. Off the court, Complex.com named Nate as a sneakerhead you must follow on Instagram.
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.
After being bought out of the last year of his contract by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Nate Robinson landed with the Golden State Warriors. The 5-9 guard, playing for his fourth team in seven seasons, is finally a significant contributor again, averaging 11 points and five assists in 26 minutes, his best statistical season since 2008-09 with the New York Knicks.
Robinson talked with USA TODAY’s J. Michael Falgoust:
Are you always the team prankster?
When we have timeouts, water breaks, it’s good to crack a laugh because you don’t know what teammates are having a bad day. You got to pick their spirits up. For me to always be positive, I try to have that energy bounce off to them in the best positive light.
Being small by basketball standards, you have taken joy in challenging and dominating big guys?
I just love to succeed. I love to be the best. I love to win at everything. As a kid, going against the big guys and playing a big man’s game, it was fun to embarrass them and be better at their sport. I’ve played three sports my whole life. I never played just one sport, and there’s so many guys in the NBA who have only played basketball. I started playing basketball only when I was a sophomore in college. That’s the only time I wasn’t playing three sports. I made it pretty far. I did pretty good.
On January 24, Warriors Guard Nate Robinson visited the students at the East Oakland Sports Center.
Nate started off by asking each of the students questions and giving them all words of encouragement. He made sure to touch on the importance of education and how great of an advantage it can provide a student when they enter the next stage of their life.
Nate also gave the students a chance to ask questions. From playing basketball in grade school to life in the NBA, Nate answered questions on a wide range of subjects.
The students created a banner welcoming him to the Bay Area and also presented him with a t-shirt from the Oakland Parks & Recreation Department. Nate gave each student in attendance a Warriors goodie bag and signed autographs as well.
The students were grateful to spend time with one of their favorite players.
Nate took on his old Thunder teammates in Oakland on Friday Night and had two incredible plays. Check them out below:
Half Court Buzzer Beater
Crossover on Reggie Jackson
Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 24 points, 17 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Golden State Warriors erased a 17-point deficit over the final 13:15 of regulation to beat the Miami Heat 111-106, Tuesday night. Warriors forward Dorell Wright broke out of a season-long slump to score 20 points, eight in OT, and grabbed 10 rebounds against his former team. David Lee added his fourth consecutive double-double with 20 points, 14 boards, four steals and three assists as Golden State snapped a five-game losing streak. Dwyane Wade had a season-high 34 points, six rebounds and four steals in his return from a three-game absence due to an injured left foot, but he couldn’t prevent the Heat from suffering only their second loss of the season.
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Nate Robinson, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Robinson, 27, appeared in 59 regular-season games combined between the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, averaging 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.2 minutes. The 5â€™9â€ guard played a majority of the season with Boston, appearing in 55 games and averaging 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.9 minutes. In 11 starting assignments with the Celtics, Robinson averaged 12.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 33.2 minutes. After being traded to Oklahoma City on February 24, 2011, he appeared in four regular-season games and three postseason games for the Thunder. He was waived by the Thunder on December 24, 2011.
Originally selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (#21 overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft out of the University of Washington and traded on draft night to the New York Knicks, Robinson owns career averages of 11.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 23.0 minutes over six seasons with the Knicks, Celtics and Thunder. The Seattle native had his finest season in 2008-09 with New York when he averaged 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.28 steals in 29.9 minutes over 74 games. That season he finished third in voting for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and won the second of his three NBA Slam Dunk titles at NBA All-Star 2009 in Phoenix (also won 2006 in Houston and 2010 in Dallas).
Robinson will wear uniform #2 and join the team in Los Angeles tomorrow in advance of Fridayâ€™s game against the Lakers.