Boston Celtics: Slam Dunk Contest

Robinson reflects on dunk contest

February, 19, 2011
2/19/11
12:07
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ESPNBoston.com discussed tonight’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest with three-time champion Nate Robinson of the Celtics. Listen up, Blake Griffin ...

Q. What does it take to win the dunk contest as you did three times?

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesNate Robinson has won the dunk contest three times in his career, but he's skipping this year's event.
Robinson: Confidence. You need to be creative but I mean, how creative can you be now-a-days? So I say confidence.

Is dunking hard or easy to do?

Robinson: Hard. Some guys can palm a ball, but I can't. Because I can't palm a ball it's harder for me to dunk than most guys. Also most guys are taller and I'm shorter.

Q. What dunk you are most proud of?


Robinson: For me, the off the glass reverse 180 I did in Vegas, I think. I know I wore a white jersey, so I think it was in Vegas. I tried it a couple times before the dunk contest and I could do it. I knew I couldn’t jump the regular 360 way, so I did everything backwards instead. So everything for me was like a mirror.

Q. What advice would you give Blake Griffin?

Robinson: Have fun, that's it. He's a showman already. He already has the flair and the creativity. He's a people person, I can already tell just the way he presents himself. He's going to have a lot of fun. So just have fun, that's all and make all your dunks.

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