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.'”