Former San Antonio Spurs C David Robinson celebrated his 49th birthday earlier this week, which gave the public a chance to celebrate him and what he has done for the NBA and the Spurs organization. While Robinson is considered one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA, he may be remembered more for his sportsmanship and his good nature.
Of course, Robinson had an incredibly impressive career as the NBA demonstrated on Twitter:
— NBA (@NBA) August 6, 2014
Those numbers speak for themselves.
Robinson, however, was always known as a respectful and kind person, and while the San Antonio Spurs may not all be so nice (looking at you, Pop), San Antonio has always been an organization that respects its opponents and has kind words for others in the league.
Maybe that isn’t the most interesting characteristic for the NBA, and it may even contribute to the boring classification the Spurs just can’t seem to shake. However, as a fan of good basketball and good behavior, one has to respect the way Robinson went about his business. It’s a lot better than brawling during games or making irrational comments that bring unwanted attention to the organization.
The Spurs are a little boring off the basketball court (exception of making history with the recent hiring of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach), but what isn’t boring is the fact that San Antonio wins games, and does it with class. That tradition was started by Robinson, carried along with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and this new crew of Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Patty Mills look to continue the tradition.
Thanks to Robinson, San Antonio is not only the best team in the league; it is also the classiest.