Today in sports history: November 4th, 1989 David “The Admiral” Robinson makes NBA debut

The SMCC Beacon

060406-N-0696M-010By Sam Coombs

David Robinson had one of the most interesting paths to making his NBA debut in the history of the game. Robinson didn’t even start playing organized basketball until his senior year in high school when he grew to 6’ 6” inches tall. He put up great numbers his senior year but had little interest from colleges for basketball. Robinson chose then to attend the Naval Academy, which was a choice that was well respected in his family. His father was in the Navy when David was growing up and it was something Robinson was familiar with.

At first, when playing basketball for Navy, Robinson had no intentions or thought of playing in the NBA until he started growing more and getting better. He was going to Navy for mathematics and originally pictured himself having a career in the Navy. By the end of his college career he…

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