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October 31, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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.
— Nice story on Washington freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss on GoHuskies.com.
— UCLA coach Steve Alford nets his first big-time 2014 recruit in 6-9 forward Kevon Looney from Milwaukee. The Bruins beat out Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Tennessee. Here’s Looney’s national rankings with the major recruiting sites: ESPN (11th), Rivals (13th) and Scout (14th).
— The Bruins had no problems knocking off Cal State San Bernardino last night in a 96-66 exhibition win. Every UCLA starter scored in double figures including Jordan Adams who had a game-high 25 points. Kyle Anderson (10 points and 10 rebounds) and David Wear (12 points and 13 rebounds) each had a double double. Anderson also had five assists. Former Bothel High star Zach LaVine added 15 points off the bench. Here’s a breakdown of the game.
— Stanford landed 6-10 center Michael Humphrey from Phoenix. Here’s his national rankings with the major recruiting sites: Rivals (74th) and ESPN (89th).
— Seems like an excuse, but Washington State is still feeling the effects a year later after kicking Reggie Moore off the team. Royce Woolridge will direct the team again, which isn’t his ideal position. He’s a natural scorer, but coach Ken Bone said he’s also WSU’s best ball handler.
— Here’s a few takeaways from Oregon State’s 69-42 exhibition win over Corbon University, a NAIA Division II team.
— Shaquille McKissic, the former Kentridge High star, is vying for a starting spot at Arizona State. Here’s a quick update on Arizona State, including news about Penn State transfer Jermaine Marshall and big man Jordan Bachynski.
— Highly touted freshman Jabari Bird makes his debut as California plays Humboldt tonight in an exhibition.
— While the Contra Costa Times editorial board suggests Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour should be replaced if Cal’s graduation rates don’t improve, Jon Wilner at the Mercury News takes a long look at her performance.
— Jordan Loveridge, Delon Wright and Brandon Taylor have secured spots in Utah’s rotation, but everything else is still unsettled before Friday’s exhibition.
June 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM
Here’s video (above) of former Washington star Nate Robinson at Sunday’s UW Alumni Game.
May 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM
We’re running a poll in today’s sports section asking readers which in-state NBA product is the most fun to watch?
You have two choices: Nate Robinson, who starred at Washington, or former Washington State standout Klay Thompson.
Ken Bone, who coached both players, said Thursday he’s enjoying watching both of them succeed during the playoffs. Bone arrived at Washington in 2002 shortly before Robinson walked off the football field and onto a basketball court where he became a star. They left UW in 2005.
When Bone took the WSU job the first thing he did was watch every game from the previous season of Thompson. Bone concluded the Cougars were underutilizing the 6-foot-7 freshman.
“I’m not knocking the system at all – a great system under coach Tony Bennett – but Klay was really just a catch-and-shoot guy,” Bone said. “We needed more. We needed him to score a variety of ways.
“I asked the video coordinator to pull up some James Harden stuff because Klay’s got to learn how to drive it and be aggressive like Harden,” Bone said. “So we tried to mix the ability of him being able to shoot it and being able to drive and at times post up. And he really became a great scorer for us obviously.
“And he’s doing that now.”
Thompson started 33 games as a freshman and had just 31 free-throw attempts. He made 28 and averaged 12.5 points. Bone replaced WSU’s half-court oriented offense with an up-tempo scheme built around its mercurial shooting guard.
As a sophomore, Thompson converted 133 of 166 attempts at the line while averaging 19.6 points.
As a junior, he converted 155 of 185 attempts at the line while averaging 21.6 points.
It’s interesting to note, Washington junior C.J. Wilcox is following a similar path. He’s brilliant jump shooter who rarely got to the line early in his career. However, he’s become more of a versatile scorer recently.
As a redshirt freshman Wilcox was 25 of 31 at the line and averaged 8.1 points. As a sophomore he was 78 of 93 and averaged 14.2 points. And last season he 93 of 114 free throw attempts while averaging 16.8 points.
It’s not entirely a fair comparison because WSU built its offense around Thompson, who took 551 shots his final season. Wilcox has the green light, but he was more judicious and attempted 480 shots last season.
Still maybe Wilcox should ask Thompson if he can borrow those videos of Harden. Or better yet, maybe he should tune into the the NBA playoffs and watch Thompson, who is quickly becoming a star.
May 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Nate Robinson led the Chicago Bulls to a 93-86 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
It was a gutsy performance from the former Washington star who finished with a game-high 27 points and nine assists despite being bloodied and bruised.
In the second quarter, the 5-8, 180-pound guard got steamrolled by 6-8 and 250 pound LeBron James while attempting to retrieve a loose ball. Robinson cut his lip after the collision and needed 10 stitches.
He returned in the second half and scored 24 points.
“I’ve played on some tough teams, but this one is something special,” Robinson told the Chicago Tribune. “It feels like we’ve been playing together for 10 years. I told Coach, we just love to play for each other.”
January 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Former Washington two-sport standout Nate Robinson will be one of 12 people inducted in the Pac-12 Hall of Honor.
The ceremony will take place Saturday March 16 prior to the Pac-12 Tournament title game at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
The others inductees include: Arizona’s Jason Gardner, Arizona State’s Dennis Hamilton, California’s Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Colorado’s Cliff Meely, Oregon’s Chuck Rask, Oregon State’s Charlie Sitton, Stanford’s Ron Tomsic, UCLA’s Lucius Allen, USC’s Forrest Twogood, Utah’s Keith Van Horn and Washington State’s James McKean.
Here’s Robinson bio in a news release from the Pac-12:
Robinson was a two-sport athlete shining not only on the basketball court, but also as a defensive back on the football field for the Washington Huskies. Robinson made an impact on the basketball team immediately as he led the team with 13.0 points per game his freshman year and made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. He continued his success into his sophomore season in 2004 when he scored a team-high 13.2 ppg and led the Huskies to their first post-season appearance under head coach Lorenzo Romar. He led the team in scoring for a third straight year increasing his points to 16.4 points per game for his junior season. He was recognized that year as a third-team All-American and first team All-Pac-10 selection. The Huskies finished 29-6 that season, won the 2005 Pac-12 tournament championship and obtained the school’s first-ever No. 1 NCAA tournament seed, where they advanced to the Sweet 16. Robinson left Washington after his junior season declaring for the NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the the Phoenix Suns with the 21st overall pick. He was then traded to the New York Knicks where he played from 2005-2010. He currently plays for the Chicago Bulls, but played for the Boston Celtics (2010-11), Oklahoma City Thunder (2011) and the Golden State Warriors (2012). Robinson is the only three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, winning the title in 2006, 2009 and 2010.