Stemming from Gilbert Arenas’ take on Vince Carter and his longevity in the league, former NBA player Nate Robinson shared his opinion about where he’s at in his career and how he views the league now that it’s been four long years since he last played in NBA hardwood.
“The NBA shut me out a long time ago,” Robinson told Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. “Ice Cube opened the doors for me, and I’m here to stay. I’m happy here. The NBA would be nice, but I put that in the back. I still work out for me but not to impress any coaches or GMs. I do it for me and my kids to show them what hard work is, even though I’m not playing at the level I think I’m supposed to be playing at. The NBA was fun. It was 11 great years, and I’m satisfied with that.”
Robinson had a stout start of his career with the New York Knicks, but soon became a journeyman after his rookie contract, bouncing around seven different teams in his last six seasons.
Yet his entrance into the league didn’t come without some noise, as he hit a game-winning jumper over his idol Allen Iverson in his rookie year, as well as edging Andre Iguodala for the Slam Dunk Contest crown that same campaign. The 5-foot-9 dynamo would go on to win two more Slam Dunk Contest titles, making him to this day the only player to have won it three times in league history.
It seems Robinson has found peace with what he achieved in the NBA and is now happy to have found a home in the BIG3. The 35-year-old is still hitting game-winners, as evidenced by this clutch 3-pointer over Glen “Big Baby” Davis this past week that allowed him to relive his glory days in the league.
Nate Robinson hit the game-winner over Big Baby Davis AND LANDED IN HIS ARMS LIKE AN ACTUAL BIG BABY
Only in @TheBig3 pic.twitter.com/gZwkFnGzss
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 11, 2019
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