|Born: August 6, 1965 |
Key West, Florida
|NBA Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Olympic medal record|
|Bronze||1988 Seoul||United States|
|Gold||1992 Barcelona||United States|
|Gold||1996 Atlanta||United States|
David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965 ) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. The three basketball positions normally employed by organized Basketball teams are guard forward and center The center, colloquially the five, is one of the standard positions in a regulation Basketball game In team Sports the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the Number Events 1538 - Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Key West is a city in Monroe County Florida, United States. The city encompasses Key West, the namesake island the part of Stock Island In an organised Sports league, a season is the portion of one Year in which regulated Games of the sport are in session The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Association 's (NBA thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in The 1987 NBA Draft took place on 22 June 1987 in New York City, New York. This is a List of Athletic Conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA The United States Naval Academy is an undergraduate college in Annapolis, Maryland, United States that educates and commissions officers of the United States The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional Basketball team based in San Antonio Texas. 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In Basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a shot from an offensive player The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association and the conclusion of the sport's postseason each June The National Basketball Association's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1982–83 NBA season The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1952–53 NBA season, to the The NBA All-Rookie Team is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA honor given since the 1962–63 NBA season to the top Rookies during the regular The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. 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The Naismith College Player of the Year award named for Basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to College The John R Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college Basketball players Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event staged in 1988 in Final results for the Basketball Competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea: Medal summary The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Barcelona, In 1989 the FIBA allowed professional NBA players to participate in the Olympics for the first time The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an International Final results for the Basketball Competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics. The 1986 FIBA World Championship was an international Basketball competition hosted by Spain from July 5 to 19, 1986. The United States men's national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international men's Basketball. Events 1538 - Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m The center, colloquially the five, is one of the standard positions in a regulation Basketball game Based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral". He along with Tim Duncan were known by the nickname "The Twin Towers". 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David Robinson was born in Key West, Florida on August 6, 1965. Key West is a city in Monroe County Florida, United States. The city encompasses Key West, the namesake island the part of Stock Island Events 1538 - Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. He was the second child of Ambrose and Freda Robinson. Since Robinson's father was in the Navy, the family moved many times. After his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in Woodbridge, Virginia where Robinson excelled in school and in most sports except basketball. The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state He was 5 feet, 9 inches tall in junior high school so he tried basketball, but he soon quit. Robinson attended Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia just outside of Washington D.C., where Robinson's father was working as an engineer after retiring from the Navy. Osbourn Park Senior High School is a public secondary school in unincorporated Prince William County, Virginia. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D By his senior year in high school he was 6 feet, 7 inches tall, but he had not played organized basketball. When the coach added the tall senior to the basketball team, Robinson earned all-area and all-district honors but generated little interest among college basketball coaches. Basketball was not his first priority anyway—getting an education was. Robinson scored a 1320 on the SAT, and he chose to go to the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in mathematics. The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for College admissions in the The United States Naval Academy is an undergraduate college in Annapolis, Maryland, United States that educates and commissions officers of the United States Mathematics is the body of Knowledge and Academic discipline that studies such concepts as Quantity, Structure, Space and
Robinson is widely considered to be the best basketball player in U. The men's Division I collegiate basketball players who have reached both 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in their respective careers Numbers in italicized bold S. Naval Academy history. He chose the jersey number 50 after his idol Ralph Sampson. Ralph Lee Sampson (born July 7 1960 in Harrisonburg Virginia) is a retired American college and Professional Basketball By the time he took the court in his first basketball game for the Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team, he had grown to 6 ft 9 in (2. The Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team represents the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland in NCAA Division I competition 06 m), and over the course of his college basketball career he grew to 7 ft 0 in (2. 13 m). In Robinson's final two years, he was a consensus All-American and won college basketball's two most prestigious player awards, the Naismith and Wooden Awards as a Naval Academy first classman (senior). An All-American "team" is an honorary Sports team composed of outstanding Amateur players those considered the best players of a specific season for The Naismith College Player of the Year award named for Basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to College The John R Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college Basketball players Robinson played for the midshipmen under current University of Georgia Associate Head Coach Pete Herrmann. Upon graduation, he became eligible for the 1987 NBA Draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick; however, the Spurs had to wait two years before he could join them because he had to fulfill two years of Navy duty. The 1987 NBA Draft took place on 22 June 1987 in New York City, New York. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional Basketball team based in San Antonio Texas.
The Navy excused him from three years of the normal five years of his military commitment following graduation from the Naval Academy because his height prohibited his deployment in many roles (e. g. aviation, the submarine service, and many ships). Nonetheless, Robinson continued to serve in a reserve role with the Navy and was regularly featured in recruiting materials for the service. Despite the nickname "Admiral", Robinson's actual rank upon fulfilling his service commitment was Lieutenant, Junior Grade. In the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
At the Naval Academy, Robinson was an outstanding all-around athlete and chess player; during the physical tests that the Academy gives all incoming plebes he scored higher in gymnastics than anyone in his class. Chess is a recreational and competitive Game played between two players. Gymnastics is a Sport involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength agility and coordination This was even more impressive due to his height: 6 ft 7 in (2. 01 m) at the time. To put this in perspective, virtually all male gymnasts are well under 6 ft (1. 83 m) tall, and the service academies prohibit enrollment to anyone taller than 6 ft 8 in (2. 03 m). However, the academies do not drop students who grow past this height limit after enrolling, which later benefited Robinson. During his college basketball career, several teammates and peers gave him the little-used nickname of "The Howler", due to Robinson's shouting at opposing players during critical shots. 
Although there was speculation that Robinson might choose not to sign with the Spurs and to become a free agent once his Navy commitment ended,  Robinson decided in the end to come to San Antonio. Robinson joined the Spurs for the 1989–90 season, and led the Spurs to the greatest single season turnaround in NBA history at the time (a record the Spurs themselves broke in 1997-98, after drafting Tim Duncan). The 1989–90 NBA season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. The 1997–98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. WikipediaPersondata --> Timothy "Tim" Theodore Duncan (born April 25 1976 in Christiansted, St The Spurs went from 21–61 in the 1988–89 season to 56–26 in 1989–90, for a remarkable 35 game improvement. The 1988–89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. They advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs where they lost in seven games to the eventual conference champion Portland Trail Blazers. The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams and organized in three divisions of five teams each The 1990 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1989-1990 season. The Portland Trail Blazers, commonly known as the Blazers, is an American professional Basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. Following the 1989–90 season, he was unanimously named the NBA rookie of the year, and subsequently SEGA produced a game featuring him entitled David Robinson's Supreme Court. The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA award given since the 1952–53 NBA season, to the is a multinational Video game Software and Hardware development company and a former Home computer
The Spurs made the playoffs seven more seasons in a row, but never got farther than the Western Conference finals. Robinson also made the 1992 US Olympic Dream Team that won the gold medal in Barcelona. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games The United States men's national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international men's Basketball. The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Barcelona, During the 1993–94 season, he became locked in a duel for scoring champion with Shaquille O'Neal, and by the last game of the season, he scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers to win it. The 1993–94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (born March 6 1972 frequently referred to simply as " Shaq " is an African American Professional basketball 
Robinson went on to win the MVP trophy in 1995, and in 1996 he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.  Still, from 1991 to 1996, Robinson was thwarted in his quest to claim the one prize that had eluded him--an NBA title. During that span the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, Suns (twice), Jazz (twice), and Rockets. The loss against the Rockets was particularly painful for Robinson because it occurred in the Western Conference Finals with Robinson playing head-to-head against his chief rival, Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born on January 21 1963 is a retired Nigerian American professional Basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA To his own admission, Robinson was outplayed by Olajuwon in the series, their only meetings in post-season play.
Early in the 1997 season, Robinson's dreams of becoming a champion seemed to vanish when he was seriously injured. Robinson hurt his back in the preseason and missed much of the regular season. He did return to play, but six games later, suffered a broken foot in a home game against the Miami Heat, and ended up missing the rest of the regular season (along with several other Spurs players who seemed to get bitten by the injury bug) and the Spurs subsequently fell in the standings and finished the season with a 20–62 record. However, his injury proved to be a blessing in disguise: due to their dismal record in 1997, the Spurs enjoyed the first pick in the next year's NBA draft, and with it they selected Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest University, who was, after a few years, the final key to Robinson's quest for an NBA title.
Before the start of the 1998–99 season, the NBA owners and the NBA commissioner David Stern locked out the NBA Players' Association to force negotiation on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The 1998–99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. David Joel Stern (born on September 22, 1942 in New York City, New York) is the current commissioner of the National Basketball Association Collective bargaining is the process whereby workers organize together to meet converse and compromise upon the work environment with their employers This lockout lasted for 202 days, well into the regular NBA season, until finally an agreement was reached. Thus, the NBA season began late on February 5, 1999, making it literally the 1999 NBA season. Events 1576 - Henry of Navarre converts to Roman Catholicism in order to ensure his right to the throne of France. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) After playing a truncated 50-game season, the Spurs finished with an NBA-best record of 37–13, giving them the home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The 1999 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1998-99 season.
The Spurs blitzed through the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trail Blazers by a combined record of 11–1. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional Basketball team based in Minneapolis Minnesota, United States. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. In the NBA finals, the combination of Robinson in the post and second-year, 7 ft 0 in (2. The 1999 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1998-99 NBA season. 13 m) center Tim Duncan proved overpowering, and the Spurs beat the New York Knicks in five games to become the NBA champions. The center, colloquially the five, is one of the standard positions in a regulation Basketball game Duncan was named the Finals MVP.
Robinson announced he would retire from basketball after the 2002-03 campaign.
On June 15, 2003, in a fitting finale to Robinson's career, the Spurs sealed another NBA title with an 88–77 victory over the New Jersey Nets in game six of the 2003 NBA Finals. Events 763 BC - Assyrians record a Solar eclipse that will be used to fix the Chronology of Mesopotamian history Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The New Jersey Nets are a professional Basketball team in the National Basketball Association that plays in the Eastern Conference 's Atlantic The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2002-03 NBA season. Robinson scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in his final game. And fittingly, he and the year's MVP Tim Duncan—together known as the "Twin Towers" —shared Sports Illustrated magazine's 2003 Sportsmen of the Year award. Sports Illustrated is an American Sports Magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the "
Robinson's NBA career averages are 21. 1 points per game, 10. 7 rebounds per game, 3. 0 blocks per game, and 2. 5 assists per game. Also, he is one of only a very small group of players to have scored over 20,000 career points in the NBA, as well as being one of only four players to have recorded a quadruple-double (with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks against the Detroit Pistons on February 17, 1994), and one of the only five players to record more than 70 points in a single game (with 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 24, 1994), only David Thompson (73 points), Kobe Bryant (81 points), Elgin Baylor (71 points) and Wilt Chamberlain (70, 72, 73×2, 78, 100 points) have scored more than 70 points. A quadruple-double is a Basketball term defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number total in four of these five categories The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area Events 1500 - Battle of Hemmingstedt. 1600 - Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) Events 1479 BC - Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) There are several men named David Thompson: In exploration David Thompson (less commonly Thomson — founder (1623 of the first European settlement in Kobe Bean Bryant (born) is an American All-Star Shooting guard Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16 1934 in Washington DC) is a retired American basketball player who played Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (August 21 1936&ndashOctober 12 1999 nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards 
His list of awards and accomplishments is long and include a number of records as well as sharing a number of distinctions with very few other luminaries of the game; for his on the court play, he was named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team or NBA's Top 50) were chosen
Robinson will not only be remembered for his outstanding accomplishments throughout his NBA career, but also for his contributions in his community.
In 1991, Robinson visited with fifth graders at Gates Elementary School in San Antonio and challenged them to finish school and go to college. He offered a $2,000 scholarship to everyone who did. In 1998, proving even better than his word, Robinson awarded $8,000 to each of those students who had completed his challenge. In perhaps his greatest civic and charitable achievement, David and his wife, Valerie, founded the Carver Academy in San Antonio, which opened its doors in September 2001. The Carver Academy is a non-profit private school located in San Antonio Texas. To date, the Robinsons have donated more than $11 million to the school, believed to be the largest contribution ever made by a professional athlete.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to charity, in March 2003, the NBA renamed its award for outstanding charitable efforts in honor of Robinson. Winners of the NBA's Community Assist Award receive the David Robinson Plaque, with the inscription "Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece. " The award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts.
Robinson criticized then Dallas Mavericks players Steve Nash and Nick Van Exel for their criticism of the United States just after the March 2003 Iraq War had begun. The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are the professional Basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas Texas Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born 7 February 1974 is a Canadian professional Basketball player who plays Point guard for the Nickey (Nick Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27 1971 in Kenosha Wisconsin) is a retired American professional Basketball player The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign The March 25, 2003 Oakland Tribune relayed the story:
It all started with Nash wearing a T-shirt to All-Star activities in Atlanta that said, "No War. The Oakland Tribune is a daily Newspaper published in Oakland California by the Alameda Newspaper Group, a subsidiary of MediaNews Shoot for Peace. " Nash continued his protest of the war, as reporters asked him about his shirt and his beliefs, up until and after the first U.S. bombs hit Iraq. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iraq topics.
"From the start, I spoke out just because I don't want to see the loss of life," Nash told ESPN. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to "People are mistaking anti-war as being unpatriotic. This has nothing to do with the fact that I'm from Canada. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page This is a much bigger issue. But now that we're in battle, I hope for as many lives to be spared as possible (and) as little violence as possible before a resolution. "
Dallas played San Antonio last week and Spurs center David Robinson, a former Navy officer, didn't like what Nash had to say. He also took exception to Nash's teammate, Nick Van Exel, saying the war initiative gave Americans a bad name. Nickey (Nick Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27 1971 in Kenosha Wisconsin) is a retired American professional Basketball player The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
"I get a little bit upset," Robinson said. "The time for debate is really beforehand. Obviously history will speak on whether this was the right thing or the wrong thing, but right now (the soldiers) are out there. Support'em. There's plenty of time for commentary later. If it's an embarrassment to them, maybe they should be in a different country, because this is America and we're supposed to be proud of the guys we elected and put in office. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the "
|Naismith College Player of the Year (Men)|
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|Today's Top VIII Award|
Class of 1988
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|NBA first overall draft pick|
1987 NBA Draft
|NBA Rookie of the Year|
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