Huskies always in Robinson's heart

He plays basketball in the Big Apple and he won the Slam Dunk contest during the NBA's All Star weekend festivities. Only 5-foot-8, he's got a persona that is larger than life, but New York Knick and former Washington Husky guard Nate Robinson will always remember where his roots are.

"I'm always going to follow the Huskies," Nate said following a workout at Hec Ed recently. "I got to see the whole game (against Connecticut in the NCAA tournament). Me and Jamal (Crawford) were both there.

"We were in a secluded area where nobody could get to us, so we watched it up on the big screen. The Huskies got cheated, but it happens. Overall it was a great game and I wished I was there to play in it and I just look forward to how they're going to do next year."

Robinson took the professional leagues by storm as a rookie scoring 32 points in one game and winning another on a buzzer-beater over the outstretched arms of Allen Iverson, while also becoming the second-shortest player to ever win the NBA Slam Dunk contest over another Philadelphia 76er - former Arizona nemesis Andre Iguodala.

"It was cool," Robinson said. "I loved it. It was a great year. I had a pretty good season and I got to play with Jamal. Unfortunately we had a bad record, but I see room for improvement and we're going to get better and better and hopefully next year we have a better record than this year.

"I just live day by day. Days go by and I just want to play and get better as a player and person on and off the court."

Now that former head coach Larry Brown is gone, new Knicks head coach (and general manager) Isaiah Thomas has already told Robinson his plans for him this summer and those plans include the little big-man running the offense from the point.

Robinson said the transition from college student to professional isn't as hard as many thought it would be.

"It's not tough," Robinson said as he held his son Nahmier. "I have so many people in my corner that help me out a lot. I take tips from Jamal because he's been in the NBA longer than me and him knowing some of the things he did early and made mistakes on that I don't want to make. He's been like a big brother to me, so he's helped me out a lot."

Robinson also has another son on the way, due this July and while his children seem to be the apple of his eye, his heart will always be one with the purple and gold.

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