Nate Robinson beat some of the best dunkers in basketball and became a three-time slam dunk champion during his NBA career, and now the former New York Knicks point guard is battling kidney failure.
Drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 21st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Robinson and Quentin Richardson were traded on draft night to the Knicks in a four-player trade for Kurt Thomas and Dijon Thompson. One of the NBA’s shortest players ever, Robinson went on to play for the Knicks from 2005 to ’10.
- Nate Robinson Stats (New York Knicks): 12.5 PPG, 2.8 APG, 35.3% 3PT, 24.8 MPG
Robinson released a statement via Shams Charania of The Athleticrevealing his diagnosis and explaining why he decided to come forward to shed light on his battle.
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“I am currently undergoing treatment for kidney failure and have been dealing with it privately for the past four years. I’m sharing this now because I want to be a voice for all those who have trouble talking about this disease and to come together for a great cause – our health.”
Nate Robinson’s announcement about his fight against kidney failure
Recognized as one of the best dunkers in the NBA during his era, Robinson won the NBA slam dunk contest in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He is the only player in NBA history to win the slam dunk contest three times.
Robinson last played in the NBA during the 2015 season with the New Orleans Pelicans. He finished his professional basketball career abroad, winning the MVP of the Grand Final of the Venezuelan League, and then the Venezuelan League Championship with GUaros de Lara in 2017.
Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to work well enough for a person to survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant. We hope that Robinson’s decision to come forward and share his diagnosis may raise awareness of the disease. According to the CDCan estimated 37 million people in the United States are affected by kidney disease.