Denver Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson just released the latest episode of his web series, State of Nate, and it’s a must watch for Nuggets fans.
I love the opening scenes, two days before the opening of last season’s training camp, where we see Nate working out in the University of Washington’s training facility rocking a pair of Denver Broncos shorts (which is slightly negated when he rocks a Patriots hat at the airport on the way to Denver). It’s also great to get a look at Nate during some tender moments with his kids and family.
But the meat of the clip starts around the 9-minute mark. Nate hits the Nuggets’ facilities to participate in media day. As Ty Lawson poses for a photo in the background, Nate shares his thoughts on his new teammate:
“[Lawson's] fast. ZOOM! He’s a tough cover for anybody in the league. And he’s taller than what people think. He’s like 6-feet, for real, even though he doesn’t look like it. We’re about to cause straight chaos.”
Nate then spends some time glad-handing with season ticket holders and VIPs, where he reveals his dislike of sushi and shares a cookie with Wilson Chandler. This is hard-hitting stuff, people!
Prior to the first game of the season, we see Nate hanging out with Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas, who played at Robinson’s alma mater. It’s kind of strange to see the two players ride to the game together when they are about to face off against one another on the court, but it’s a nice reminder that the players so many of us idolize are people, too. Playing basketball is Nate’s job, and of course his friendships will transcend any rivalries defined by the jersey he happens to be wearing.
From there, we see highlights of Nate’s season, including several clips of outstanding performances against the Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers. As we all know, Nate’s season ended early when he suffered a knee injury in a game versus Charlotte, and the episode ends with shots of Nate resting in a hospital bed, which would be a pretty great cliff hanger if we didn’t already know his recovery from the injury is going well.
All in all, it’s a nice look behind the curtain at the life of an NBA veteran. There are a lot of vanity projects like this from athletes these days, but I have to admit this one is pretty well produced and provides a look at some of the quieter moments to which fans aren’t always privy. Of course, there’s also a scene when JaVale McGee shows up in a fedora and calls himself “the black Indiana Jones,” so you don’t have to worry about anyone involved in the production taking themselves too seriously!