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The Admiral finally reaches Australian shores

The Basketball Without Borders Asia camp in Melbourne was delighted to have NBA legend David Robinson in town, but it turns out the feeling is completely mutual. “This is a joy to me, my first time in Australia, and to be representing the NBA here I’m very, very excited,” he said. [ooyala code="p3cDVjNDE6RaZ8vPn_Oyy3fNkmWGT796" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] “I’ve been playing international basketball forever so for me this is a continuation of watching the world come together in a neat way. This is the power of sports, it crosses races, it crosses international barriers, so to come out here and share this with these kids is a great thing.” Robinson was soaking up the atmosphere of the NBA and NBL’s finest coming together to help the brightest young stars from Oceania and Asia, admitting he “never thought I’d even be playing in the NBA, needless to say coming to Australia to talk about basketball”. “I quit basketball in the ninth grade, but then I just kept growing, by the time I was a senior I was 6’7 so I thought I’ll give that basketball another chance,” he laughed. “It prompted me to work pretty hard because when you feel like you’re behind everybody you have ground to make up, and all through college I felt like all these guys have played longer than me, they're more prepared than me so I think it motivated me to be better.” The rest, as they say, is history. Robinson won gold at the 1986 FIBA Basketball World Cup, was taken first in the 1987 NBA Draft, competed at the 1988 Olympics, became a 10-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA champion and was named the 1995 NBA MVP. It’s a course not even a man dubbed The Admiral could have imagined charting when he was the same age as those at the Basketball Without Borders Asia camp. “You never know where it’s going to take you, so that has been my message for the kids,” he said. “Basketball can bring so many wonderful things to your life, whether you make it to the NBA or not, that’s irrelevant, take what you have, use what you have, make something of it and never be satisfied. “There are a lot of great leagues and a lot of great instruction now internationally, so these kids have the opportunity and they have exposure.” But it’s not just the talented youngsters from around Australia, New Zealand and Asia that Robinson is helping, loving the chance to hang out with the likes of Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Dante Exum and Kris Middleton. “Those guys are kids, you look at Dante Exum he’s a kid,” he said. “So if I can be an encouragement and a mentor to guys like him and Khris Middleton – Khris is just growing into his own and figuring things out in Milwaukee – I’m sure they’ve got questions, I had questions when I was growing and learning, so whatever I can give to these young kids or these young players, it’s a joy, it’s a pleasure for me.”
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