A Saturday night at Staples Center resulted in YouTube star Jake Paul standing in the corner, former NBA dunk champion Nate Robinson out cold on the floor and millions of pay-per-viewers wondering what on God’s green earth they had just watched. Officially, the boxing match ended midway through the second round as a Paul KO, but calling it a boxing match might be generous. It did end with a punch, but what came before was a preposterous rinse-and-repeat of Robinson charging his opponent, taking a counterpunch or two, then clinching until any more action was impossible. Robinson became an NBA fan favorite through his lack of height in a league of giants, but in this sport, he was unable to find a distance where he could evenly trade blows with the 6-foot-1 Paul.
Eric Woodyard: Nate Robinson’s trainer, Francisco "Paco" Reyes, tells ESPN that “he’s good.” Another source says he walked back to the back room on his own and is fine.
Nate Robinson: Thank you everyone for all of the well wishes, I’m OK. I appreciate @triller for the opportunity as well as everyone that has backed me during the fight. To my coaches, trainers, fans, and teammates, I appreciate all of the time and support you guys put in with me...it wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage that there has been. #holdat
According to ESPN, the 23-year-old Paul landed three of his eight punches, but all of those led to knockdowns. One boxing legend who was analyzing the fight was not impressed with Robinson’s foray into a new sport. “You don’t play boxing,” analyst Sugar Ray Leonard said.
Paul, who said after the fight he’s concentrating on his musical career for now, still is planning to box again — and he even called out UFC star Conor McGregor. “Being one of the most hated people in the world, I have to fight through that,” Paul said after the fight. “It’s not easy. So for me, this is my perfect sport. I found my lane.”
February 26, 2021 | 1:17 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: New York Knicks rookie Obi Toppin is expected to participate in the NBA Slam Dunk contest on All-Star Sunday night in Atlanta, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
“I plan on making sure that you guys, future kids, come in, have access to all the resources you need to be successful,” Westbrook said in a video posted to his Twitter account. The academy is being co-launched by Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation and the education nonprofit group LA Promise Fund.
The fire happened shortly after midnight February 10. Battalion Chief Douglas Hatcher said then that firefighters could salvage most of the building, after the fire had started in the back. He added that no injuries were reported from the blaze. O’Neal told WXIA-TV shortly after the incident that he hoped “we will bounce back better than ever.”
February 26, 2021 | 12:25 pm EST Update
Following Harden’s trade to the Nets, The Athletic reported on several teams inquiring about Tucker’s availability. As the trade deadline approaches, that interest is still alive and well around the league from contenders. Sources say teams such as Brooklyn, Utah and Denver all have sniffed around, and there certainly will be other contenders looking to improve heading into the second half of the season (both Los Angeles teams come to mind). Tucker is still a player who can help a winning team, likely more valuable to organizations with deep playoff runs in mind than a team like Houston that is transitioning.