Duncan Robinson had a strong showing in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Now he is revealing a funny tactic that they used to try to get in his head during the series.
Appearing this week on Westwood One’s “Titus and Tate,” the Miami Heat sharpshooter said that the Lakers bench was trolling him in the Finals.
“During the Finals, the Lakers’ bench was yelling ‘Jimmy Neutron’ at me,” said Robinson, referencing the 2000s animated TV show on Nickelodeon.
Some on Twitter have claimed that Robinson looks like the title character from the show.
Others suggest that Robinson looks more like Sheen, one of Jimmy Neutron’s best friends in the show.
“I can’t be both,” Robinson also said during his appearance. “That doesn’t even make sense. How can I be two characters from the same show?”
In any case, Robinson was a breakout star of the bubble. He hit 18 threes in six Finals games at a 39.1 percent clip, helping win Game 5 for Miami with a whopping seven triples. Robinson also recently enjoyed viral stardom for other reasons, so the Jimmy Neutron digs probably don’t bother him much.
Duncan Robinson has played a huge role for the Miami Heat on their road to the NBA Finals, and it seems like even he never could have seen that coming.
Robinson, whose journey to the NBA is one of the best storylines of the postseason, played college basketball at Michigan after transferring there from Division III Williams in 2014. When he was a senior with the Wolverines during the 2017-18 season, the sharpshooter thought it would be wise to start thinking about life after basketball.
On Sunday, college basketball writer and podcaster Mark Titus, a former walk-on at Ohio State, shared a screenshot of some awesome messages he received from Robinson three years ago. Titus was working for The Ringer at the time, and Robinson was interested in sports media as a career. He reached out to Titus to pick his brain as part of a class assignment.
It’s a good thing Robinson stuck with playing.
Robinson went undrafted in 2018 and then signed a Summer League contract with the Heat. He has since worked his way up to the NBA roster and proven his worth. In a November game this season, Robinson set Heat records with seven three-pointers made in a quarter and eight in a half. He also tied a Heat record with 10 three-pointers in a game on Dec. 10, scoring a career high 34 points. Even in a season that was shortened by the coronavirus, Robinson shattered the Heat’s single-season record for three-pointers made with 270 this year.
Robinson has scored 20 or more points in multiple games during the postseason. He may not be commanding as much of the spotlight as one of his teammates, but the Heat are certainly glad he didn’t give up and try to find a job in sports media. Robinson will have plenty of time for that after he’s done raining three-pointers.
Four teams are left standing as the NCAA Tournament shifts to San Antonio. The presence of top-seeded Kansas and Villanova can’t come as a huge surprise given their talent and the success of their programs. Michigan’s presence is a bit more surprising, but not utterly shocking, considering how well they’ve been playing down the stretch. Then there’s Loyola, which few, if any, could have predicted two short weeks ago.
They have all gotten here in different ways, but at the end of the day, a handful of key players will have a big say in deciding who moves on to Monday night’s championship and cuts down the nets. Here are ten key players who will take center stage at the Final Four.
Udoka Azubuike, Kansas
Kansas doesn’t have a huge emphasis on size, so Azubuike is a vital part of their attack. The seven-footer was at his best against Clemson, contributing 14 points and 11 rebounds. Villanova does have some size, and the likes of Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall can grab their share of rebounds and score in the paint. That only makes Azubuike even more important to the Jayhawks’ chances.
Mikal Bridges, Villanova
Bridges has chipped in with some scoring during Villanova’s tournament run, though like some of his teammates, he didn’t look his sharpest against Texas Tech. While the scoring is nice, Bridges’ value against Kansas is going to come in the form of defense. The Jayhawk guards are potent, and the Wildcats will need Bridges to be at his best defensively to at least partially nullify that threat and let the Villanova offense do its thing.