Posts Tagged ‘Nate Robinson’

Ben McLemore And Ray McCallum Get Lifted

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So it looks like trampolines are becoming a thing with NBA players. A few weeks ago we saw Nate Robinson and Deron Williams take to the trampolines and jump around, jump around. Now we have video of Kings rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum at one of those trampoline facilities in Sacramento working on their air games.

Better than snakes in a fast food bag? That’s arguable. Either way, be safe guys.

(via TNLP)

Nate Robinson Still Dunks Like A Champ

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver G Nate Robinson is a three-time winner of the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest, so seeing him dunk is no surprise. But when you remember that he’s 5-9 and has logged a lot of miles in the NBA over the last 8 seasons, some of these dunks he pulled off in practice recently and posted to Instagram are pretty incredible. Maybe we get him back to compete for a fourth dunk title this season?

(via TNLP)

Andre Drummond Works On His Game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re an NBA player and spending your summer traveling around, it only makes sense to get in work wherever you can. Nate Robinson recently showed us how an airport can be a terrific place to hone your ballhandling drills. Pistons C Andre Drummond took to Vine yesterday to show that he, too, can practice his moves in an airport. Even without a basketball.

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Nate Robinson Posterizes TV Reporter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yes, we may be deep in the dog days of the NBA offseason, with very little news happening, at least as it related to on-court action. But as we’ve learned all summer long, you just can’t stop Nate Robinson.

Earlier this week he showed us how he spent his layover time while in the Lisbon airport, and now he’s in Taiwan, where Nate took the Posterizing craze we’ve so diligently reported on and used it against a television reporter…

(via TNLP)

Nate Robinson Works On His Game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the more underrated signings this off-season has been Denver picking up G Nate Robinson. Nate has played for a handful of teams now, but everywhere he plays, he gets buckets and becomes an instant fan favorite, as much for his scoring ability as for his size (he’s listed at 5-9) and the kinship fans feel watching a little man go up against giants.

We’ve also seen Nate become a star on social media, as this summer alone he’s made a couple of videos and photos that made the online rounds. This week, on a layover in Amsterdam Lisbon, Nate grabbed a basketball and went to work on his game, creating another instant classic. My favorite is the woman in the green shirt who makes a few token swipes at the ball…

Who’s Got Hops? Nate vs. Deron

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you haven’t been able to tell, things are a little slow around NBA circles right now. Franchises are set to go, player movement is mostly done, and now we’re basically just waiting for training camp to start.

But that doesn’t mean NBA players are just sitting home on the couch doing nothing. In fact, thanks to the guys from The Basketball Jones, here are two vids of NBA players getting funky on the trampoline.

So let’s do what we do best and have a contest: Who has more skills on the trampoline, Deron Williams or Nate Robinson? Check the vids and then vote down below…



(via TBJ)

Talk Show: Steve Nash

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you want to find Lakers PG Steve Nash in the summer, a good bet is to look somewhere around a soccer field. Not only is Nash a part-owner of the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps, but Nash has always loved playing the beautiful game, so much so that each summer he organizes the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown to benefit his charitable foundation.

Nash is in New York City today to train with Inter Milan, in conjunction with the Guinness International Champions Cup. We grabbed a few minutes with Nash this morning…

Steve Nash Foundation Showdown GameME: So run this down for me: You’re trying out for Inter Milan today?

NASH: (laughs) Sort of, yeah. I think that’s the way it’s being labeled, but it’s more of an honorary tryout, more like I’m going to go practice with them. But yeah, I’m looking forward to it.

ME: What position do you play in soccer?

NASH: Anything attacking. More like a midfielder, but anything going forward.

ME: So like a true number 10, sort of?

NASH: Yeah! I mean, in my youth, yes.

ME: Did you see Nate Robinson is going to wear number 10 in honor of Messi?

NASH: Yeah, I did.

ME: I remembered Nate playing in the Showdown a couple of years ago — I didn’t know if you put him on to soccer?

NASH: (laughs) Right, he’s converted now.

ME: I’ve been talking about soccer with you for over a decade. You’ve seen the growth of soccer in the States over that time, and now you’re involved with MLS. Do you think soccer has turned a corner in the States in terms of popularity?

NASH: I think the game’s growing incredibly. The exposure, the amount of games you can watch on TV. One of the kind of alarming things to me is just — I mean, it’s on the ticker on “SportsCenter.” When I was in college you’d never see a soccer score on the ticker. Now, every day there’s a soccer result on the ticker on “SportsCenter.” And yeah, that kind of says something about the solidity the game has in the States right now. It’s going in the right direction.

ME: I know basketball has become really popular in Canada, and I was wondering is there any sort of similarity between the growth of basketball in Canada and the growth of soccer in the States?

NASH: Yeah, I guess in some ways. Soccer was always pretty big in Canada. Not that we’re a soccer power, but the game was big. Basketball is taking a soccer-like turn in Canada, the way soccer is growing in the States. I think a big part of it was having the Raptors and the Grizzlies in Canada, which really gave kids a lot of exposure to the game but also something to strive for. I also think the internet over the last ten years — there’s no more secrets. Kids can go online and see the best kids of their age groups, or best practices, and I think kids have taken that opportunity and run with it.

ME: How are you feeling, physically?

NASH: Good, coming around. Good enough to embarrass myself on the soccer field. I’m not quite 100 percent, I can’t quite sprint, but I’ve been able to train around it, so I’ve made a lot of progress in other ways, and hopefully in the next three or four weeks I should be one hundred percent.

ME: What kind of forecast can you give us for the Lakers this season?

NASH: I think everyone’s kind of counting us out, which is fine by me. I think it’s good for us to fly under the radar a little bit. We’ve got a lot of new pieces, we’ve got guys coming off injuries, myself included. So we’ve got to find out where everyone’s health is, and then figure out each other and play together, and hopefully we can surprise some people.

ME: Last thing: What is it like being around Kobe Bryant, being around someone with that singular of a drive?

NASH: I think people kind of know what he’s like. He’s very single-minded, he’s very prepared, very intense. You can feel it, you feel the intensity. I think that’s what people expect and that’s what he is.

Nate Robinson Chooses New Number To Honor Lionel Messi

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the biggest free agency signings could turn out to involve one of the NBA’s smallest players. Over the weekend, the Denver Nuggets signed Nate Robinson, the 5-9 former dunk champ, stone-cold scorer and summer league Hall of Famer. Nate has played for five teams during his NBA career, and worn a single digit number with all five teams:

— He wore number 4 and then number 2 for the Knicks.

— He wore number 4 for the Celtics.

— He wore number 3 for the Thunder.

— He wore number 2 for the Warriors and then for the Bulls.

But upon signing with the Nuggets, the number 2 was unavailable, as the Nuggets have retired the number in honor of franchise great Alex English. So in choosing a new number, Nate turned to the world of futbol, as he briefly explained when posting this photoshopped image on Instagram…

He later expounded on his reasoning in an interview with the site Denver Stiffs

I usually dig the single digit numbers, but No. 2 is retired. Alex English, great player. He was my coach at predraft camp when I played in Chicago. He was my coach and I averaged like 22 points and 8 assists, something like that, and he was just letting me go. I was like, “Man, it’s a pleasure. You rocked my favorite number.” I knew exactly who he was and I was like, “Man that No. 2, there is something special about it.” I’m going to change it up and wear No. 10. I’m going to wear it for [Lionel] Messi, that’s my favorite soccer player. I’ve been playing a lot of FIFA lately and watching the games. He’s the best little guy to do it and I’ve got to be the best little guy to do it at No. 10 in the NBA. That’s my goal.

Here’s guessing Nate scores plenty of goals next season.

Nate Robinson Autographs A Baby

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We already knew Nate Robinson was one of the greatest Summer League players of all-time — he was such a dominant scorer that they once retired his Summer League jersey. So it was only fitting that when Robinson returned to Summer League, even only as a spectator, that he would be asked to put his signature on a baby.

(And as Nate is a noted fan of Ricky Bobby and “Talledega Nights,” we’re wondering if Nate thought of the same moment we did.)

Nate Robinson Needs No Doors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When seemingly the entire Bulls roster was out injured or sick during the postseason, Nate Robinson stepped up and, even playing hurt, helped carry the Bulls. How did he do it? Well, now we for certain know he has some otherworldly skills…

(via Deadspin)