The Admiral: A True Hall of Famer
Don't expect numbers to be thrown around while reading this article. I don't need to tell you all how many points or rebounds David Robinson averaged.
I don't need to remind you of his championship stats or the ones from his days at Navy. I do just want to take a second and appreciate his overall body of work, on the court and off.
Congrats on the recent HOF-elect Admiral!
Feel free to comment and give your favorite Admiral memory. Or just leave a note giving props to the big man.
How many Spurs fans are actually out there?
He got to meet Becky Hammon. Russian or American—she's hot
Ok, this slide has nothing to do with anything. I just wanted to get a picture of Becky Hammon in here somehow.
I love you Becky.
Maybe next year the trio can get the trophy back. It was depressing watching them lose in the first round of the challenge.
A Real American Hero
Here's to you David. You not only entertained us for years wearing the silver and black, but you served our country proudly wearing the most important uniform.
I salute you and all who serve the United States with no hesitancy or reservations.
Off the Court
Robinson will not only be remembered for his accomplishments throughout his NBA career, but also for his contributions in the community.
In 1991, Robinson visited with fifth graders at Gates Elementary School in San Antonio and challenged them to finish school and go to college. He offered a $2,000 scholarship to everyone who did. In 1998, proving even better than his word, Robinson awarded $8,000 to each of those students who had completed his challenge. (credit Wikipedia)
David and his wife, Valerie, founded the Carver Academy in San Antonio. The couple has raised millions so far for the school.
In March 2003, the NBA renamed its award for outstanding charitable efforts in honor of Robinson.
Winners of the NBA's Community Assist Award receive the David Robinson Plaque, with the inscription "Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece."
The award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts.
I am sure that Tim would've been quite the professional regardless of his team or teammates. However, I am also quite sure that he wouldn't have been the same man he is now without David.
Robinson paved the way for a classy successor. Not only did he take Tim under his wing, but also he let the big man fly. Not once did Robinson interfere in the progress of the Big Fundamental. He took him in, showed him the ropes and showed this man of will what will really was.
My Favorite Story of a Respected Champion.
The date was June 24, 1999.
In between games of the NBA Finals, David Robinson went out to dinner in big bad NYC. His team was up 3-1 on the Knicks, and he about to get his first championship.
David finished his meal, paid his waiter and stood up to leave. What happened next shocked The Admiral and a lot of folks under the false impression that Knicks fans have no class. He received a standing ovation in the crowed establishment and it didn't die down until he was out of sight.
How many athletes could tell this story? How many men, on the verge of beating a team with one of the fiercest fan base would not only walk away unscathed by verbal assault, but actually leave to cheers.
You are one of a kind Mr. Robinson and it was a pleasure visiting your neighborhood.