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Nate Robinson “Like A Rookie All Over Again” Heading into NBA D-League Return

By Brian Kotloff | February 14, 2017

11-year NBA veteran Nate Robinson arrived in Newark, Del., on Friday for the next chapter in his career. The energetic guard is the newest member of the Delaware 87ers, affiliate of the 76ers.

Robinson joined the team on Friday night, but did not suit up for its game against the Canton Charge. The Sevens play home games again on Saturday and Tuesday before the All-Star break, but it is unknown when Robinson will play his first pro game stateside since October 28, 2015.

The 32-year-old, who last appeared for the Pelicans before signing with an Israeli team last season, said he felt “like a rookie all over again.”

“I just want to go play basketball, man. I love the game,” Robinson told NBA TV’s GameTime crew. “That’s something that I do know about myself is that I just love the game so much that I’ll play it wherever. It doesn’t matter what level, where around the world, I just want to play and have fun and I love to just be myself when I’m out there.”

Robinson owns career NBA averages of 11.0 points and 3.0 assists in 618 career games, the majority of which came with the Knicks and Bulls. He’s perhaps best known for his dunking ability as the only three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion in league history, but Robinson said there’s more he can offer.

“It doesn’t stop there, man,” he told NBA TV. “There’s so much I can give to a team, being an inspiration — a little guy that beat all the odds. Growing up as a kid, people telling me I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t make it, I was too small, not strong enough, not smart enough. And I did it for 11 great years, man. I wouldn’t trade it for nothing. But I don’t want to go out like I’m going out right now. I want to be able to rewrite how my story ends.”

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