And former Bull Nate Robinson is boxing Youtuber Jake Paul. Yup, you read that right. The Athletic's Shams Charania first had the scoop:
Former NBA guard Nate Robinson and YouTube star Jake Paul make it official: They tell me they will be fighting Sept. 12 as an undercard to Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in California. pic.twitter.com/ClEP64JZFp
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.
Ex-NBA players will compete in a 3-on-3 pay-per-view tourney called the "5 Tournament" from July 19-29, per a press release. It'll include Joe Johnson, Mario Chalmers, Mike Bibby, Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry, Donte Green, James White and many others. Here's a list of the rosters: pic.twitter.com/Wseuy8iAXM
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.
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.
“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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