Former Washington star Nate Robinson is the latest NBA player to make a cameo appearance in a series of Pepsi Max commercials starring Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving.
Irving has become a YouTube sensation via his alter ego Uncle Drew, a fictional old-school baller who is trying to get the old team back together.
In the latest six-minute mockumentary, Robinson plays “Lights” Jenkins, one of Drew’s old teammates turned jazz trumpeter. WNBA MVP Maya Moore plays Robinson’s sister Betty Lou Jenkins.
It’s a hilarious performance by Robinson, who is dressed in old-man makeup while schooling a bunch of youngsters at a playground court in Chicago’s Seward Park.
Robinson says: “It’s been awhile since I’ve been up that high” after dunking on an opponent. Robinson and Moore also combine for an alley-oop layup in which the former UW standout flushes a two-hand dunk. Afterwards, they bow, slap hands, chest bump and say “namaste.”
Check out the behind-the-scenes take at the end of the commercial, which depicts Robinson trying to play the trumpet.
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