Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  69 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: The Admiral

David Robinson is the greatest player to ever come through the Armed Forces and is also one of the best centers in NBA history. Incredibly productive, efficient, MASSIVE, and a great attitude are a few of the things that come to mind when thinking of The Admiral. He deserved that ’99 championship with Timmy D as much as anybody in the league and was really a model professional athlete. His nike commercials were EPIC. See Below.


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  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    omg that commercial is hilarious

  • CheeseWhiz

    Dwight Howard of the 90′s

  • James aka…

    His athleticism set him apart. before his back issues, he was easily the fastest big in the league.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford


    Are you seeing the ball handling, shooting, and offensive moves in the video?

    Dwight would be lucky to EVER develop those.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    damn all that athleticism is on a top 2-guard level in the body of a center. I’d say all those back injuries robbed us from witnessing Dave’s finest years, but he got that ring in the end so I’m ok with it

  • Overtime

    Awesome player, awesome character. Always great to see him at the Spurs games after he retired.
    @ Cheesewhizz…have you ever..
    A) Seen David Robinson?
    B) Seen Dwight Howard?
    Apprently not.

  • logues

    ya i dont think dwight woulda been able to steal the ball and then dribble up the whole court as fast as a 2 guard, sidestep mj and throw down. that play was awesome

  • logues

    o, and he was dribbling off of his opposite hand the whole time.

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  • badboi


  • Overtime

    You can see in the video how fast he sprinted, quicker than pretty much everyone on the court

  • tavoris

    Even tho Olajuwon ate his lunch, The Admiral was still one of the best two-way players the game has ever seen.

  • larrylegend

    bla bla…95 Playoffs, hou-sa, that’s all.

  • tavoris

    plus, he dropped 71 in a game. only 4 players have scored more.

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    One of the most athletically gifted big men ever. Being from San Antonio, David was one of the best things to happen to this city.

  • Ronald

    @Cheesewhizz: You’re an idiot.
    The day D-How scored 70+ points a game the day you can call him the new David Robinson. And you wont find D-Rob trying to get it on with a pornstar.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Great player and class act both on and off the court. He didn’t do a lot of mean mugging, trash talking or dancing etc, just did his job. He was everything you would want out of a player/center, he could rebound, defend and score. If he was in a bigger market, he would likely have gotten even more recognition as one of the top C’s ever.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Ya know, for all the props certain players get for “being real”, D-Rob doesn’t get enough credit. Dude was always real and true to his values an beliefs. He was a true class act and a phenominal center. You can’t really blame him for getting killed by The Dream, everyone else in the league got killed by him too.

  • riggs

    only thing dwight resembles of the admiral is that he can dunk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    If Dwight had 1/2 the handles and offensive repitoire that D-Rob had he’d be head and shoulders above the rest of the centers in todays league. Defensively they’re somewhat comparable.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    My favorite center of all time. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not saying I think he’s the best of all time, even in his own era Olajuwan used to bust his a** in the early to mid-90′s, and then Shaq proceeded to do the same thing later in his career, but he was still my personal favorite cause dude was a beast, and I loved the way he carried himself off the court. I know he took a lot of heat for having zero street cred, but I didn’t give a damn about that. Half the time people who care about street cred are from lily-white suburbs anyways. Also, dude served in the military, which I can definitely stand up and applaud.

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    he is basically twice the player that dhow is. defense is on par, and probably even better, but offensively he was very strong too. not to mention even faster.

  • The Philosopher

    He was better than Wilt too.

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    he had the coldest box in the league. and matter of fact he is still rocking his box. lol

  • teebee!!

    question: what player today reminds you of david robinson? anyone? i cant think of anyone…the man was truly one of a kind…theres no one in the NBA today that i can look at and say …”you know what?, that dude reminds me of david robinson a little bit”…

  • total scrotal implosion

    Dammit sneezy! U dont know anything do you? U make a horrible mistake in all of these. Dude, he won two titles, 99 and 03. U should be fired, all u do is imbed yinka dare mixes, and act like u know what ur talkn about, while failing

  • KB

    lookin at him just makes the fact that dwight howards offensive game has not developed a shame cause physically and defensively they are identical. did you see him handle rock and shoot jumpers like its nothin. dwight should be ashamed

  • http://slamonline.com Schneezy

    @ total… I Love you too, bro. And yes, I do not know anything about basketball and only post Yinka Dare mixes for my own enjoyment so I can read beautiful commentary from those like you. I should be fired and all I do is Fail Fail Fail Fail Fail.


  • JTaylor21

    The Admiral would drop 50 on DHow on any given day and would also block every one of those ugly hooks DHow fabricates while robbing his pocket when he tries to drive past him. I got love for DHow but DRob would take his breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and midnight snack money.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    You know what? Robinson is a bit underrated. I think that’s because in the pantheon of GREAT CENTERS, he’s usually over looked (everyone thinks Kareem, Chamberlain, Shaq, Russell, Hakeem, Malone) but honestly? The centers in NBA history have been so dominate that Robinson is still really high on the pantheon of great PLAYERS.
    Dude could run the floor, was incredibly fast and powerful, nice handles, ludicrous defense (especially on the help side), underrated passing, underrated back to the basket skills. Everyone is saying Dwight Howard with offense, I’d say Amare Stoudemire with ludicrous defense and some post moves.
    Check out the dude’s stats from 1992:
    23.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 4.5 bpg on 55% shooting
    or 1994:
    29.8 ppg, 11 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 3.3 bpg on 57% shooting
    Crazy numbers! Super well rounded. We need another center like Robinson!

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Wow, those numbers are insane! 4.5 bpg is crazy and 4.8 apg for a center is unheard of. I think he can defeinitely be in the debate with the all time greats, especially if he had stayed healthy and won a ring or two before TD came along.

  • bo

    David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patric Ewing, Zo Mourning, Shaqalicious in no particular order were all legends, with their own styles, strengths and weaknesses, unlike the big men of today who bring tears to my eyes with their lack of skill, technique, especially Dwight who has a body of a god, but skill and technique of a washing machine.
    Oh ye, and D.Rob looks better then Dwight, plus he was 4 cm taller…

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    @Sneezy 433: Lmao!!! Ur d man bro, keep on doin dah good job.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    @Sneezy: Thanx 4 all these cool o’ skool remembrances u’ve been given us all summer long.

  • Robb

    @Cheesewhizz… Forget it…too dumb to comment

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The only two things Howard has in common with Robinson is that both are ripped as hell and both are great rebounders and shotblockers, but even there they differ because Robinson blocked shots with the intention of turning possesion over to his team, a la Bill Russell, where as Dwight is more of a “I’ma spike that weak stuff into the third row!” kind of dude.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    cosign Enigmatic…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I would take David Robinson over Shaq for an entire career. Shaq had 5 great years and that is it in the NBA. David Robinson is only player in NBA history to lead the NBA in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, and win NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year in his career. His career was longer and he played DEFENSE. BOOK IT!!!

  • Coney Islander

    David Robinson is to Dwight Howard what Michael Jordan is to Kobe Bryant, the final products and the works in progress.

  • Sam

    I dont think ive ever seen howard beat everyone down the court dribbling to dunk the ball home. or catch up to a guard to block a break away dunk. Robinson was the man

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    The Seed… Shaq had a couple of great years in the Magic, he definitely had more than five GREAT NBA seasons, although in fairness his dominance with the Magic was different from his dominance with the Lakers (ie speed vs power).
    Robinson, on the other hand, really only had seven dominant seasons before he got hurt. I really can’t see how you think Robinson dominated longer than Shaq dominated.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    And you know, I might get killed for saying this, but Robinson doesn’t have the LIFT Dwight has… but christ, Robinson has incredible hangtime that Dwight really doesn’t have. That layup he made while avoiding Michael was purely because he was able to hang in the air and lay it up. Centers just don’t have the hang because of their weight. I don’t even know how in the world Robinson has it.

  • Tony

    lets see a Hakeem clip

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Shaq had some good years with the Magic, but he was not seen as the best center then. Hakeem was and he killed him in Finals. Shaq best years was the four year span with the Lakers Period. David Robinson had a more rounded game so he could play defense, rebound, steal and pass. If you compare their careers year by year you would understand my view point. Shaq is the most overrated player in NBA history, because he could have been so much more. One NBA MVP, Only 4 rings, PLayed for 5 teams and now even Lisa Leslie is killing him on LA talk radio saying he should not be in Lakers Hall of Fame, because has now jumped ship to much to catch Kobe. David’s career is better and just compare on your own. BOOK IT!!

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    Rod Strickland sighting! That’s what we need here

  • JTaylor21

    Come on, just when I thought that I’ve heard every stupid comments there is, the SEEDS to no ones surprise tops it. Shaqs the MOST overrated player in History? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!! I know you laker/kobetards hate the dude for him not kobe carrying LA to 3 straight dominating chips but u guys don’t have to try and shamefully fail to put down what one of the games greatest to ever lace up a pair of sneakers did. How many players won 3 straight Finals MVP in the same dominating and devastating manner that Shaq did. There’s nobody in their right mind even crazy people that would pick DRob or say that DRob had a better career than Shaq.

  • hammer

    Oh my god! Sum1 just HAD 2 mention howard right!? And have the audacity 2 compare him 2 the admiral! @cheesewhiz:Get the f**k out of here w/dwight! How the hell do u c the admiral and envision howard? Watch sum admiral and stop pissing people off!

  • hammer

    @dma 9:08 comment. Completely agree w/u

  • tavoris

    Jukai-I don’t know…Robinson trailing on the break was a thing of beauty…they threw him the ball, and the opposing team SCATTERED like roaches. Howard is an elite athlete, but it’s slightly exaggerated because there aren’t any other elite athletes at his position.

  • hammer

    Don’t get it twisted like keith sweat tho k. I don’t hate dwight. It not his fault he’s playing n lesser comp than when #50 played. I just hate it that people put him on this pedestal as if he is gr8 player when n fact,plop dwight n the mid 90′s nba,he b riding bench probably behind bryant”big country” reeves. And no that’s not a joke. Well…maybe a lil. Anyways,u get the jist of it

  • jedi420

    Love this guy, I know he took and still takes heat for his ”softness”, but anyone who can play professional sports for that long and maintain their core values and beliefs deserves respect in my books..

    And regarding Dwight Howard, you can’t even come close to mentioning his name in the same breath as Mr. Robinson, P Ewing, or The Dream.. I’m not hating on Dwight he just needs a lot of work on his offensive game.

  • Ronald

    @Jukai: I think you’re totally right about D-How’s vert. The guy can easily jump over DRob during his prime. (imho Dwights athleticism is slightly underrated) But, from what I read in a few interviews, D-Rob was fast as hell and he consistently beat guards down the court during games and in practice. I think Dwight has the ability to do the same but rarely shows it.

  • Anthony

    I am a fan of Robinson since the begining and he’s the reason why im a Spurs fan.
    First, why the fuck some people dare to compare Dwight and Robinson, its not even debatable.
    Talking about his speed, when he first arrived at the training camp for his rookie season, he was the FASTEST player, even beats his guards. When was the last time a rookie center was able to beat all his teammates at a 100meters ?

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    Any argument that references Hakeem owning Shaq as evidence that Robinson was more dominant is just plain embarrassing.
    And Robinson played better man-to-man and zone defence than Howard does, and Robinson was a better shot-blocker.

  • Ali

    Dwight could learn a thing or two from The Admiral! Right now he couldn’t hold his jock! But if the kid would actually listen to Pat Ewing and get in some serious film studying and work on his game he could be just as good. But most of these new NBA stars just rather play off of pure talent and not work on their overall game. Yeah he could out jump everyone in the Association right now but what about his overall impact on a game (it sucks!). On court Leadership and On court Decision Making are two of the key things he lacks. The Admiral is the dream player to build a team around.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    Newsflash: Dwight Howard’s vert is under 40 inches. That’s not that fantastic, okay? He’s not the first player to dunk on a 12′ rim, for god’s sake. SHAWN BRADLEY could grab the top of the backboard. Hell.

  • tavoris

    Howard’s footwork is NEVER gonna be as good as Hakeem’s. EVER. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the only other center who could move like that was Kareem. The one real thing holding Howard back is a lack of confidence in his face-up game. He has OK moves around the bucket, but everyone already knows what to expect. Shaq couldn’t shoot outside of the paint to save his life, but his jump-hook was MEAN.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    SEED’s comment just made me want to punch 4 Lakers fans…News flash moron, Kobe would only have 2 rings if “the most overrated player in NBA history” didn’t carry him to 3 chips. Only a Kobe lover could come up with stuff like that…

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Schneezy, remember my last post… you will not have a job for long. I am surprised that this didn’t end up being about how Lebron is better than Robinson. Please stop writing articles for this website or anything with regards to SLAM. Thanks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    James the baller, STFU. Thanks.

  • http://slamonline.com Schneezy

    @James the Balla…. I think CVS is having a special on Tampax if you get in before the end of the week. I say you stock up on those, probably go for the heavy flow special. YOU NEED IT.

  • jamessss

    yea hes alright whatever. can we get a FOTS for HAKEEM THE DREAM!!! or did yall already do one

  • http://slamonline.com/ blacker_mamba

    How can anyone compare Dwight Howard to David Robinson? Please be more RESPECTFUL when talking about The Admiral. If you are looking to compare Howard to someone from the 90′s, try Arvydas Sabonis.

  • JD

    Such a beast! How did they get Gary Payton,possibly the most ego tistical man in the world to do stuff like that for an advert which millions of people would watch?

  • http://sfjdkldsfl.com Jukai

    Schneezy just utterly beasted James The Balla

  • http://www.realgm.com Gman

    @CheeseWhiz …ur an idiot.

    10 times the skill Dwight wished he had.

  • http://www.realgm.com Gman

    @teebee!! Chris Bosh. NBA even thought so, when they were putting together the Redeem Team.

  • dez

    whys everyone hatin on schneezy? i think all these vids are awesome.