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Nate Robinson, Jake Paul to fight as undercard to Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. match

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Nate Robinson, Jake Paul to fight as undercard to Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. match

For better or worse, sports are well on their way back in the United States.

The NBA's scrimmage phase began on Wednesday. MLB's Opening Night is Thursday. The WNBA tips off Saturday.

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And former Bull Nate Robinson is boxing Youtuber Jake Paul. Yup, you read that right. The Athletic's Shams Charania first had the scoop:

The bout, as Charania notes, will serve as an undercard match for the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view fight on Sept. 12 that was made headlines Thursday. 

"Jake Paul, I want all the smoke," Robinson said in a statement to Charania.

"Nate will meet the canvas early," said Paul.

Brandon "Scoop B." Robinson, who recently hosted Nate Robinson on his podcast, reported the two will duke out eight rounds (three minutes a pop) at 185 pounds each.

The quality of the sparring will be anyone's guess. But, for Bulls fans, it could prove a fun opportunity to root for NateRob once again.

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Former Bulls Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry to compete in televised 3-on-3 tournament

Former Bulls Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry to compete in televised 3-on-3 tournament

The 2019-20 NBA season is set to resume at Walt Disney World Resort on July 30.

But first, how about an appetizer?

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Per HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, a litany of former NBA players are getting together to participate in a 3-on-3, pay-per-view basketball tournament called the “5 Tournament,” running from July 19 - 29.

And before you ask: Yes! There will be a Chicago team — nicknamed the “Chicago 5” — present, in addition to contingents from Toronto, New York, Texas, Sacramento and Miami. On the Chicago squad: former Bulls Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry, Hakim Warrick and Eddie Basden. Derrick Byars, who hails from Memphis, Tenn. and appeared in two games for the Spurs in 2012, fills out the roster.

Other participating ex-NBAers of note include Joe Johnson, Mario Chalmers, Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, James White and many more.

Not yet clear is the broadcast schedule for the festivities or rules of competition, other than the fact that it will be a six-team, 3-on-3 tournament with rosters comprising five players each. But it will certainly make for interesting television.

Maybe the Bulls play again this offseason in a bubble format for the teams excluded from Orlando. Maybe not. Either way, there will be Chicago basketball this summer.

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Ex-Bull Nate Robinson roundly endorses Tom Thibodeau for Knicks head coach

Ex-Bull Nate Robinson roundly endorses Tom Thibodeau for Knicks head coach

Tom Thibodeau could soon return to the coach’s bench in the NBA.

According to multiple reports, the former Bulls coach is the front-runner for the Knicks gig, which is currently inhabited by interim coach Mike Miller. Thibodeau, who owns a 352-246 (.589) record between his time with the Bulls and Timberwolves, is fresh off a year-and-a-half hiatus after being hoisted out of Minnesota in January 2019.

And though his Bulls tenure ended unceremoniously, Thibs’ five-year spell in Chicago evidently earned him some friends. Chief among them: Nate Robinson, who enjoyed one of the finer seasons of his 11-year career for the team in 2012-13 — the same campaign Derrick Rose missed rehabbing a torn ACL.

Robinson, who also spent the first four-and-a-half years of his career with the Knicks, recently appeared on Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson’s Instagram Live and offered a ringing endorsement of Thibodeau for New York's potential opening, predicated on his experiences in 2012-13.

“Honestly man, Coach Thibs is one of the dopest coaches I’ve ever played for,” Robinson told Scoop. “One, he showed me about professionalism, really being a student of the game, studying the playbook, knowing every position. It’s like, knowing the enemy more than it knows itself and being prepared. And he’s always prepared. He always has a Plan A, B, C, D, E, F and G. So, that’s one thing they’re gonna get out of Coach Thibs.”


For a young and developing team like the Knicks, those qualities in a leader would certainly be valuable. As for Thibs’ gruff and abrasive-seeming nature? Robinson appreciated that, too.

“He expects every player to practice, every player to bring their A-game, and he preaches with defense first,” Robinson said. “If you want to play offense, you gotta play defense. I love that about him, and he’s just a hard-nosed coach.

“He’s a good dude, man, he was real hard on (us) — especially hard on me, but hard on a lot of players, especially the ones that he really believed in. It took me a while to understand that. And, I mean, he gave me opportunities, so I got nothing bad to say about the man. He’s been awesome.”

Robinson, Bulls fans will remember well, responded spectacularly to that hard-nosed leadership and opportunity in Chicago. In that 2012-13 season, he appeared in all 82 of the Bulls’ regular-season games (starting 23) and posted his second-highest point (13.1 points) and assist (4.4) per game averages of his career. 

Then, he took over the Bulls’ starting point guard duties in the 2013 playoffs and torched the Brooklyn Nets to the tune of 17 points per game on 50.5-36.4-81.8 shooting splits across a seven-game first round series (Robinson usurped Kirk Hinrich with the starters after a 34-point outing in Game 4).

The Bulls won that series, but fell in resounding fashion to the Miami Heat in the second round. Still, Robinson and Joakim Noah’s heroics against Brooklyn will live in Bulls lore forever. As will Thibodeau spearheading the Bulls’ best sustained stretch of play since the dynasty years.

If the Knicks decide to give Thibodeau the keys to their sputtering rebuild, they’ll surely hope Robinson’s words resonate and ring true.

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