Sprite Dunker Profile: Nate Robinson
Seeing Nate Robinson for the first time at Harlem’s historic Rucker Park in 2007, I was taken aback by just how little the dude really was. At a true 5’7" and sporting a matching Spongebob cap-and-tee ensemble, the Knicks guard didn’t exactly cut an imposing figure amid a sea of men over a foot taller and fifty pounds heavier. That all changed the moment he set foot on the court. Within two minutes of the tip, the flashy five-foot-something had already thrown down a vicious windmill on the break and knocked a seven-footer’s shot into the bleachers. A few moments before the horn sounded to round out the first quarter, he topped all of that by catching a halfcourt alley-oop above the square and crushing a double-hander that left the stanchion shaking and the crowd buzzing for minutes afterwards.
As a two-time champion, some are wondering what Nate has left in his bag of tricks. I don’t know what more the flashy firecracker has to show us, but I can tell you this much: I can’t wait to find out. Check out the clips below and let us know if you think Nate Robinson could become the first three-time champ by taking home the trophy at this Saturday’s Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
Nate Robinson Dunk Contest Interview
Nate Robinson Getting in the Mood for the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
Nate Robinson’s Top Ten Dunks