Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 9:55 am  |  17 responses

Nate Robinson to Wear Number 10 in Honor of Lionel Messi

With Nate Robinson now officially a Denver Nugget, the guard says he’ll honor another short and explosive athlete next season by wearing the number 10: soccer superstar Lionel Messi. Per Denver Stiffs: “Robinson on wearing the No. 10 next season in Denver: Robinson: ‘I usually dig the single digit numbers, but No. 2 is retired. Alex English, great player. He was my coach at predraft camp when I played in Chicago. He was my coach and I averaged like 22 points and 8 assists, something like that, and he was just letting me go. I was like, ‘Man, it’s a pleasure. You rocked my favorite number.’ I knew exactly who he was and I was like, ‘Man that No. 2, there is something special about it.’ I’m going to change it up and wear No. 10. I’m going to wear it for [Lionel] Messi, that’s my favorite soccer player. I’ve been playing a lot of FIFA lately and watching the games. He’s the best little guy to do it and I’ve got to be the best little guy to do it at No. 10 in the NBA. That’s my goal.’”

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  • TR

    Real recognize real

  • smith stopped, smith blocked.

    Nate Robinson isn’t a playmaker, he’s a scorer. So he should wear number 9. Although Maradona and Pelé wore number 10 as strikers, the playmaker number is traditionnaly 10. Platini and Zidane wore number 10 and they were playmakers. Maybe a combo guard has to wear 9.5

  • RayJr

    So I guess the “in thing” is to start liking soccer now?

  • Guest

    Nate Archibald is the greatest little guy to rock the #10 special mention to Tim Hardaway

  • PR1sFinest

    Nate Archibald is the greatest little guy to rock #10 special mention to Tim Hardaway

  • spit hot fiyah

    nate just put messi over maradona, he hasn’t watched football for too long. i remember when zamorano actually wore 1+8 on his jersey when he couldn’t get number 9. in his inter days.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he should also honor him getting a perm and dribble between peoples legs each game

  • i_ball

    Heart over height!

  • smith stopped, smith blocked.

    it’s rather ” barça recognize barça”

  • spit hot fiyah


  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Biggest thing here…will he be having custom Jordans in Denver or what? Because those Jordans he had in Chicago were natural Bulls colors obviously.

  • Mars

    How many teams has he been on? I think this is number… HOLD ON, let’s see, there is New York, OKC, Golden State, Boston, Chicago, and Denver. I counted 6. He should wear number 6. Why is he trying to honor FIFA numbers? Anyways cool shout out to Messi.

  • Mars

    oh, and as a side note, he’s always wore 2 & 4…

  • grgeblck

    Didn’t he just tell you? ” He’s the best little guy to do it and I’ve got to be the best little guy to do it at No. 10 in the NBA. That’s my goal.” You should check out Messi’s background as well.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Timmy H
    Tiny Archibald
    Nate McMillan (10 or 12??) – seems like forever ago he was limping around in the finals with the glove and reign man….
    lets go ROBINSON!! Looking for that 6th man of the year award from him now.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Real Denver FC…?

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