Nate Robinson Receiving Treatment for Kidney Failure

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Former NBA veteran and three-time Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson is currently undergoing treatment for renal kidney failure.

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Former Slam Dunk Contest champion and 11-year NBA veteran Nate Robinson has announced that he is receiving treatment for renal kidney failure, an ordeal that he’s been “privately” dealing with for the past four years. Robinson made the announcement via Shams Charania of The Athletic, saying that he decided to speak up about his health to help other people who are also dealing with kidney disease.

With his 5-foot-9 frame, Robinson is almost always the shortest player on an NBA court. But his relentless drive to win, along with his elite leaping ability, endeared him to millions of basketball fans. He overcome the odds set against him, especially when he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest three times in 2006, 2009, and 2010.

Selected 21st overall during the 2005 NBA Draft, Nate Robinson played for the New York Knicks in his first four years in the league. He then became quite the journeyman, suiting up for a number of different teams, including the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, and most recently, the New Orleans Pelicans. The high-leaping guard played a total of 618 NBA games and produced decent career averages of 11.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.

After playing in the NBA, Robinson continued his basketball career in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, where he suited up for Hapoel Tel Aviv. He also played for the Delaware 87ers (NBA Development League), Guaros de Lara (Liga Profesional de Baloncesto), and Tri State (BIG3 tournament). Along with his victories in the Slam Dunk Contest, Nate Robinson has also produced tons of on-court highlights, including tremendous blocks against Yao Ming and LeBron James.

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