Happy birthday David Robinson!

David Robinson in 2006
David Robinson in 2006

David Maurice Robinson was born on August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida, USA.

Despite his height, during his teen years David Robinson played very little basketball. Following in his father’s footsteps, he decided to join the Navy and, also thanks to excellent results in the SAT college admission test, he joined the Naval Academy in Annapolis. He wanted to become a submariner but it was there that he began to seriously play basketball. The nickname The Admiral comes from that experience.

In those years, David Robinson participated with the national team at the World Championship in 1986, winning the gold medal, at the Pan American Games in 1987, winning the silver medal and at the 1988 Olympics, winning the bronze medal. He was quickly noticed by the NBA and in 1987 was drafted as the first overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs.

Because of its obligations with the Navy, David Robinson started playing in the NBA only at the beginning of the 1989-1990 season. The San Antonio Spurs were coming from a disastrous season ended 21-61 but with the Robinson’s arrival improved their record reaching 56-26. In the playoffs, they were defeated in the Conference semifinals. Robinson was voted Rookie of the Year.

In the following seasons, David Robinson improved his technique and the San Antonio Spurs always reached the playoffs but failed to be a serious contender for the NBA title. The satisfactions for Robinson came from the inclusion in the Dream Team – the one and only – that won the 1992 Olympic Games. In 1995 he was voted MVP of the NBA regular season. In 1996 he was still part of USA national team that won the Olympics.

Due to a back injury, David Robinson began only in December the 1996-1997 season and after six games broke a foot being forced to miss the rest of the season. It was a terrible season for the San Antonio Spurs because other players got injured and their final record was 20-62. This turned into a great luck because the team won the first overall pick. It was used to select Tim Duncan, who went on to form an extraordinary duo with Robinson nicknamed the Twin Towers.

The 1998-1999 season started late because of a lockout but the San Antonio Spurs ended it winning their first NBA title. David Robinson age was beginning to weigh with various injuries but managed to win another NBA title at the end of the 2002-2003 season. At that point, he decided to retire from his professional activity.

In 2009, David Robinson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his individual career and in 2010 a second time as part of the Dream Team. He was a player known for his great professionalism, a crucial example in building the San Antonio Spurs, and for his great sportsmanship.

David Robinson is married and has three sons. Off the court, he shows his commitment by participating in philanthropic activities and to various charities, also donating part of the profits obtained from his work.

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