Nate Robinson is wanting to make a comeback to the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in need of a back-up point guard; seems like a good fit, right? Cleveland may see it differently though; the team has not spoken to Nate and the 5’9 guard is confused to why.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) January 18, 2017
“Yeah, but I don’t understand why they wouldn’t hit me up” Robinson said regarding the Cavaliers point guard needs. Nate also was quoted saying “I don’t know why they don’t like me, man. I’m the most hated.” This may sound outrageous, but Robinson has reason to believe he is hated by teams around the league.
Looking at Nate Robinson, he is a 5’9 explosive point guard who is 32 years old. He could bring a good veteran presence off the bench to any young or championship contending team. It was not too long ago that Robinson stepped in for an injured Derrick Rose on the Chicago Bulls and played out of his mind in those playoffs (2012-13).
Not that Nate is still capable of that, but he is still an explosive scoring guard, who hasn’t been given a solid chance to play NBA basketball since 2015. He played two years in Denver with the Nuggets (2013-15) and was a solid bench player considering his minutes and injuries. Since he left Denver in 2015 he has been looked at as “old” and “washed up” when he still is only 32 years of age. Many players in the NBA are still effective after 35, such as Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry and Vince Carter.
Nate Robinson could play 🔥 pic.twitter.com/h5wYnhJgaU
— Male Thoughts (@SteveStfler) August 27, 2016
Robinson is not even a full year removed from trying out for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, his hometown team. Nate tried out to play cornerback, although he didn’t make it, the fact that he got that opportunity shows that he is still athletically capable to play in the NBA.
Nate’s 5’9 frame could be a factor to what is stopping teams from reaching out to the point guard, but by looking at what Isaiah Thomas is doing this season, that should no longer be an issue. Robinson has proven he can be that spark plug on any team’s bench and that his height doesn’t matter. Now, Isaiah is proving the small guards can play on an even higher level, just proving once again that it is heart over height when it comes to these two players.
Whether it is the Cavaliers or not, Nate Robinson deserves to be signed by an NBA team.