Nate Robinson is now with the Denver Nuggets after a successful run with the Chicago Bulls. Now he is changing his number to #10 in honor of Lionel Messi.
From Denver Stiffs:
“I usually dig the single digit numbers, but No. 2 is retired. Alex English, great player. He was my coach at predraft camp when I played in Chicago. He was my coach and I averaged like 22 points and 8 assists, something like that, and he was just letting me go. I was like, “Man, it’s a pleasure. You rocked my favorite number.” I knew exactly who he was and I was like, “Man that No. 2, there is something special about it.” I’m going to change it up and wear No. 10. I’m going to wear it for [Lionel] Messi, that’s my favorite soccer player. I’ve been playing a lot of FIFA lately and watching the games. He’s the best little guy to do it and I’ve got to be the best little guy to do it at No. 10 in the NBA. That’s my goal.”
Messi is a undersized yet dominate soccer player who has won 4 straight Ballon d’ors. Robinson is using him as inspiration to be the best undersized player he can.