TMZ Sports spoke with the ex-NBA All-Star about the newest addition to his Tri-State squad … and J.O. reveals he personally recruited Robinson because he knows the 33-year-old still belongs in the pros. O’Neal says the NBA scouts should have their eyes on Nate throughout the season … ’cause his team is gonna feed him the ball the whole time!!
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Nate Robinson: I know teams could use scoring off the bench, but most importantly I know @chicagobulls could really use some hard work like this #holdat #freenaterob my boy @maxamillion711 came wit it on this one
Darren Wolfson: FAs Nate Robinson, Shawne Williams, and Marcus Thornton were in for looks w/ the #Twolves today. @John Meyer first on Robinson note.
Nate Robinson is still trying to make his NBA comeback. The 33-year-old guard, who hasn’t played in the league since October of 2015, has been using social media to remind LeBron James and others that he wants another chance and is more than ready. So far, he hasn’t been signed, but he has posted impressive videos of himselfdunking and impressive photos of how fit he is.
“Playoff teams, that could use me right now: The Chicago Bulls for sure, I’m going to say them first because that was one of my favorite places to play,” he said. “I was just disappointed they didn’t give me a contract that they should have after I helped them get to the playoffs and done everything that I did.”
So why did the Bulls pass on bringing him back? “Tom Thibodeau? I just don’t know. The GM? I wish I had the answer why Chicago didn’t sign me.” Here’s at least part of the answer: The Bulls expected to get Derrick Rose, who Robinson had been filling in for, back from injury by the start of next season.
The Knicks, he thinks, could use him too. He spent five seasons there at the start of his career until he fell out of the rotation and demanded a trade in 2010. He ended up in Boston, but remains bitter about how his stint ended; New York Daily News writer Frank Isola reported at the time that team officials were pleased with the trade in part because “the locker room is no longer as loud as it once was.”
He swears, again and again, that this is only about the love of the game. “I’m not a money guy,” he said. “If basketball in the NBA was free, I was still play. If the NFL was free, I’d play. Just because I love to play the game. Financially, it’s for my family, for my kids. It’s not really for me, I don’t care about the fame. I would still play. Even if it’s soccer, I would play.” His NBA contracts were worth $23 million, but he’s not living in a penthouse apartment – or anything else that passes for luxury in southern Delaware. Instead, he spent the season in the housing provided for the players from the team, and eventually lucked out: His roommate, Shawn Long, got called up in March and Robinson had the house to himself.
The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired NBA veteran and three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson. Robinson (5-9, 180) won NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He has 618 NBA games on his resume, with career averages of 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal per game across ten seasons with New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
Chris Reichert: Both Nate Robinson and Prince Ibeh have signed D-League contracts as of this morning, per a league source #NBADL
Robinson on Thursday signed a contract with the NBA Development League, his agent, Herman Manakyan, told The Vertical. Robinson will formally enter the D-League’s available player pool once his letter of clearance returns from Israel, where he played for Hapoel Tel Aviv last season. Oklahoma City, Erie, Texas, Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids hold the top priorities in the D-League waiver order.
LeBron was just in the news talking about the Cavs needing a point guard. Nate Robinson: Yeah, but I don’t understand why they wouldn’t hit me up. I don’t know why they don’t like me, man. I’m the most hated.
If you don’t land a spot in the NBA, where would you like to play? Nate Robinson: Either Europe or China. I’ll hopefully sign something in the next couple of weeks and get out of here. I can’t wait. I’m excited to play basketball, no matter where I’m playing. And I got six or seven more years I want to play. But after basketball, I’ll probably do commentating, you know being on TV, and things like that. I worked out with the 76ers last week, and I was waiting on a 10-day [contact], but they gave it to someone else. So I’m just going to wait and see if other teams want to give me a chance, and if not, I’ll go overseas. Because I know I can help a team. What I bring to the table, I can help a lot of teams in the league.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Philadelphia worked out Nate Robinson, out of the NBA since 2015, at University of Washington.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources on @The Vertical: Among point guards on 76ers scouting radar for 10-day contracts: Nate Robinson, Jordan Farmar, Yogi Ferrell.
Dinamo Sassari is interested in Nate Robinson, according to Spicchi d’Arancia.
Marc J. Spears: NBA free agent Nate Robinson hasn’t been receiving much interest from teams & his public interest in playing in NFL didn’t help, source says
After Nate Robinson’s workout with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month, coach Pete Carroll called the ex-NBA player’s attempt to play in the NFL “all but impossible.” But that hasn’t stopped Robinson from continuing to do on-field work with hopes of getting a look. He has been training recently with former Arkansas State wide receiver Dwayne Frampton. “It’s as hard as you could possibly get,” Carroll said. “He’s 32 as well. I don’t know if anybody could do it. But if anybody could, it might be Nate. He’s that versatile an athlete and that great a competitor.”
Ex-NBA star Nate Robinson was “impressive” in his tryout with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday … this according to Nate’s agent. TMZ Sports spoke with Aaron Goodwin who confirmed 32-year-old Nate worked out for the NFL team as a defensive back … the same position he played back at the Univ. of Washington.
“Nate’s tryout with the Seahawks went well and was impressive,” Goodwin says. The two sides have not struck any sort of a deal but we’re told, “[Nate] may go back later. He’s going to focus on being ready for that opportunity should it occur again or an NBA opportunity.”
Jared Dudley: Congrats to @Nate Robinson !!! That’s dope! – RT: Master Tesfatsion: Two sources tell @MarkMaske & me that former NBA PG Nate Robinson is currently trying out with the #Seahawks
Former NBA point guard Nate Robinson will try out for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, according to two people close to the situation. Robinson will try out with the team as a defensive back. It’s his first tryout with an NFL team as the 32-year-old has previously expressed interest in pursuing an NFL career.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Nate Robinson’s tenure in Israel has ended. Damn shame. 205 points, 52/106 49% 2P, 19/62 30% 3P, 44/54 81% FT, 2.9 assists, 1.4 rebounds.
ESPN.com: How serious are you about pursuing the NFL? Nate Robinson: Serious as a heart attack. Totally serious. As soon as I get the opportunity, if it comes my way, I’ll take full advantage of it. ESPN.com: Is playing in the NFL a dream of yours? Nate Robinson: It’s a big-time dream. Something I’ve always wanted to do, play both sports at the highest level. We’ll see if I can be the first one to really do it.
ESPN.com: You’ve got basketball representation (Goodwin Sports Management). Do you get a new agent for football? Nate Robinson: I will be looking for an NFL agent, somebody whose strong suit is that. I would just be talking with them, trying to see who’s the best fit for me, what works the best, what puts me in the best situation.
ESPN.com: Have you heard from any NFL teams yet? Nate Robinson: I’ve heard from a couple of scouts. I talked to a scout from the Seahawks about the possibility of working out. Calls from a couple of other teams — the Patriots, I know a guy from the Cardinals. So just trying to get my name out to see if I can get a workout. We’re definitely going to try to do that once I get back home.
Hapoel Tel Aviv made official the signing of Nate Robinson. The former NBA guard penned a deal for the season.
Eldridge Recasner: I just saw @nate_robinson yesterday, didn’t hear that but would be awesome news! – RT: HoopsHype: Nate Robinson headed to Israel? http://bit.ly/1RiuJ2v
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: NBA free agent Nate Robinson has agreed to deal in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Nate Robinson, in a video entitled “The First” released Thursday by The Lead Sports, explained he wants to become the first athlete to play in both the NBA and NFL. Once a multi-sport standout in high school, Robinson actually joined the University of Washington on a football scholarship, and started six games at cornerback for the Huskies as a freshman before shifting his focus to basketball.
According to sources familiar with the situation, Nate Robinson is on his way to China for a workout with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. Traditionally, when a team flies a player out for an individual workout it means they are in the final stages of signing the player to a contract.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived guard Nate Robinson. Robinson, 5-9, 180, appeared in two games for New Orleans, averaging 2.0 assists and 0.5 steals. Originally signed by the Pelicans on Oct. 16, Robinson appeared in four preseason games, averaging 8.8 points and 2.5 assists. New Orleans’ roster now stands at 14.
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The Warriors have no such expectations with Cousins. Next summer — assuming they bring back either Klay Thompson, Durant or both, which would cap them out — they can only give Cousins a 20-percent raise, which jumps him from $5.3 million to around $6.4 million. If he returns healthy and looks like even 80 percent of the player he was before last January’s Achilles tear — an outcome both the player and team desire — Cousins will command way more than that max Warriors number, likely in the high teens per year. And he won’t be in the discount mood, understandably, considering all the money he lost out on this summer.
Could Luol Deng be a stopgap as a small center after sitting out most of last season? The executive said Deng is all but semi-retired. He may never play again in the NBA unless he has a change of heart.
The Cavaliers waived veteran center Kendrick Perkins Tuesday so he could be free to pursue training camp deals, a source told cleveland.com. Perkins, 33, was signed by the Cavs on the final day of the regular season so he could be on their playoff roster. But Cleveland gave him a non-guaranteed, $2.4 million contract for this coming season with the hope it could be used as part of a trade.
The Knicks’ decision to waive small forward Troy Williams on Monday has provided undrafted Arizona guard Allonzo Trier a puncher’s chance at making the 15-man roster following his solid — if overlooked — summer-league performance. Trier is on a two-way G-League contract, allowing him to be on the Knicks’ roster for a maximum of 45 days, with the clock stopping in early April.
He was like us. Not “us” in the old, non-athlete kind of way but in a bigger “us” context. An “us” we could all aspire to and appreciate. He is, as much as possible, normal. He isn’t egotistical or at all self-centred. He put team and others ahead of himself. I don’t remember a lot of “I” conversations or “me” conversations; it was generally “us” and “we” and the team. Admirable. I will fully admit to having a fondness for the young man that transcended an appreciation for his estimable basketball skills.
I liked that he talked to us about his feelings and his life, his kids and his dad’s health issues and, yeah, his battles with demons far too many people suffer with in silence. And the overwhelming sense I got from reading missives on social media yesterday and talking to friends and loved ones was that those were traits you appreciated, too. Normalcy.