Nate Robinson made a guest appearance on the KnuckleHeads podcast, where he talked about several things from his career. Robinson started his career with the New York Knicks in 2005 and spent four seasons with the team. During that period, Isiah Thomas was the President of Basketball Operations and later the head coach for the team. That was one of the worst times for Knicks fans because of Thomas’s poor decisions in the free agency and the draft. The lousy decision Thomas made resulted in the highest payroll but the second-worst record in the league.
Even though he was a lousy general manager and not a good head coach, Thomas was still a great player despite being retired for almost 15 years. Robinson talked about how Thomas worked out with the team during practice and showcased why he was once one of the NBA’s best point guards. According to Robinson, Thomas started to cook Stephon Marbury, one of the best guards in the league. Thomas used every move in the book that day, which left Robinson standing in ave.
“I remember one time He (Isiah Thomas) practiced with us. He had sweats, whistle, tucked the whistle in his shirt, didn’t even lace his shoes really and was cookin Marbury, no disrespect to Marbury cuz he’s a point God too. But when I say cookin, I mean COOKIN, running the plays, getting buckets…cookin. I was like what. Shooting jumpers, runners, left-hand runners off the backboard. I was like yo that’s our coach. You can still play. He said, ‘I just wanted to show y’all what I would do if I were still playing. Totally blew me away.”Nate Robinson, via Knuckleheads Podcast
Many younger fans have never watched Thomas, but he was one of the best point guards in the 80’s and one of the rare players in NBA history that beat Magic, Bird, and Jordan. His career averages of 19 points and over 9 assists talk volume on that type of player he was while playing for the Pistons. Even though it sounds surprising, a 40-year-old Thomas schooled Marbury in practice; nothing is impossible when dealing with a HOF player like Thomas.