Nate Robinson gave it his all when he was still playing. He didn’t mind the signs, but soon, they would all catch up to him. Here’s the story of his ongoing battle with renal kidney failure and why he thinks it’s important to be the voice for others suffering from the same condition.
Faith has got me where I am today
Standing at only 5’9”, Nate Robinson played beyond his height. He still remains the only 3-time NBA Dunk Contest Champion in history. He always gave it all for his team, even at the expense of his health, but soon, he would suffer the consequences of those decisions.
In 2006, a doctor informed Nate claimed he had high blood sugar, so they ran tests and found out his kidneys were failing. Robinson, who grew up healthy with amazing God-given athletic genes, was shattered. He thought he was invincible, but his condition thought him one thing: he needed to persevere. For him, it was just another obstacle he had to overcome.
“Faith is what got me here today. It got me 11 years in the NBA, just having faith. You know, just having God by your side. He doesn’t put you through things that he knows you can’t handle. I’m going to be a living testimony for other kids that they can get through something like this. They’re not alone.”
Nate deserved praise for wanting to be a role model for others but in reality, treating kidney failure or managing the condition requires a lot of money. Something that an ex-NBA player like him could afford, but others couldn’t say the same. There’s no cure for renal kidney failure, but there are ways not to make it worse.
Robinson fights the biggest battle of his life
Fans who watched Nate “The Great” Robinson play know he isn’t the type who gives up easily. He went for the dunks to entertain the crowds. His daredevil drives to the basket against towering centers were a delight to watch, so the biggest battle of his life so far is not only his to win; it’s also for the others who look up to him to find the strength to move forward.
With this, even his bashers should get behind his efforts. This is larger than basketball now. This is about fighting for his life and being an inspiration off the court. Here’s to wishing Nate Robinson strength as he faces the challenges of his condition.