In the fifth game of the finals, the Heat in adversity once again demonstrated their perseverance.
When almost everyone thought the Lakers would wear a black Mamba jersey to end the battle, it was Jimmy Butler who gave the Lakers a realistic punch with a 35-point large triple-double.
And when facing two super giants, Butler is not alone, because the Heat and Duncan Robinson who scored 26 points today.
In addition to relying on the bravery of Butler, the Heat’s victory, Robinson, who played 12 minutes in the third quarter and scored 10 points alone, also made great contributions to the Lakers' sniper battle.
And who would have thought that the super pitcher who stopped James and Davis on the finals stage would be worried about whether he should continue his professional basketball career seven years ago, and he could not even open an NCAA first-level court. The gate of the school.
Although Duncan Robinson brought together the names of two great players, he was not considered a good seedling with basketball talent when he was young.
grew up in New England; a white pitcher in New Hampshire. This seems to have a natural gap with basketball, a sport dominated by black players.
No one thinks that Duncan Robinson Jr. will play in the NBA. Not to mention the NBA, Robinson himself does not believe that one day he can support himself by playing basketball.
Before the third year of high school, Duncan Robinson was only 1.75 meters tall, and neither his physical condition nor his skills were enough to make scouts look more.
A white boy who grew up in a middle-class family, basketball never seemed to be their first choice.
On the contrary, getting promoted through exams instead of sports scholarships, and finding a decent white-collar job after graduation, seems to be the trajectory of Duncan Robinson's life.
But the dramatic thing is that Duncan Robinson took an unusual upgrade path.
"I want to rely on basketball to get into schools that I usually don't get into." Robinson said.
In the third year of high school, Robinson's height began to grow, which finally gave him the capital to gain a foothold in the game.
At this time, his talents also began to show up. Although Robinson served as a substitute for a prep school team in Newbury, Massachusetts, he averaged 18.5 points per game.
And this has to do with his training 1,600 shots a week.
The positive feedback from the game made Robinson become more involved, and he also participated in the AAU amateur league.
During this period, he also tried to attract the attention of sideline scouts through performance, but unfortunately, there is still no NCAA first-level college willing to provide him with scholarships.
Robinson is not even ranked on the freshman recruitment scout site.
Robinson doesn’t even have a photo on the scout site...
Finally, Robinson can only accept scholarships from the NCAA third-level team Williams College.
Moreover, this is precisely because the coach of his AAU team used to be a famous player of Williams College, and had personal relations with the then head coach Mike Meck, Robinson was able to make the trip.
Although there are noble people to help, Robinson's strength is the real reason why he knocked on the door of the team.
"My first impression of him was very good. I liked the content of his game. When I watched him play for the first time, five minutes later, I said he was little Mike Dunleavy." Mike Mack commented on the high school. Robinson in the period.
"He is thin and tall, but he is very clever and has exquisite skills. No one in this country wants to include him more than we do."
Robinson in Williams College
Robinson became a member of Williams Academy. Although this is only an NCAA third-level team, in terms of education, this is the best liberal arts college in the United States.
"The locker room at Williams College is the most distinctive locker room I have ever seen. Teammates will talk about their summer internship experience at Goldman Sachs."
"I heard them share stories about working in Wall Street investment banks. They didn't leave work until five in the morning."
"At this time, I was thinking, how can I still have time to practice like this? How can I improve? To be honest, I don't want to consume my vacation like this."
"Of course, they may be more foresighted about their careers, and I am a stranger in them. People tell me that you shouldn't spend time on playing, you can't play in the NBA, you should re-plan your career. "
is more like a white-collar worker?
But looking back today, Williams College is not the end of Robinson’s basketball career, but the beginning of Robinson’s inspirational road.
Robinson’s investment in basketball was not in vain. When the head coach of Williams College, Meck, changed his job and no longer hid him, he recommended Robinson to the then University of Michigan coach Bellein.
It is estimated that most coaches will not look at the children from the third level league, because there are countless basketball teenagers in the United States waiting for them to explore.
But Bellein has always been a coach who prefers nameless people, and the nameless Duncan Robinson has the old man's appetite.
What's more, Bellein's system values pitchers, and Robinson happens to be an underrated pitcher.
In this way, Robinson, who is struggling to pursue opportunities in the NCAA first-level league, completed another leap in his career.
Robinson at the University of Michigan
Of course, transferring from Williams College to the University of Michigan is not as easy as it seems.
Because the educational conditions of the University of Michigan cannot be compared with the former, for Robinson, who is still quite far away from entering the NBA, transferring to Michigan means giving up the distinguished diploma of Williams College and breaking his own way.
"At least my mother would not allow me to give up the opportunity to go to Williams College in order to play." Robinson recalled.
The Wall Street Journal once mentioned in an interview with Duncan Robinson that Robinson at the time "cannot imagine that one day he will become a professional player."
When he graduated, he had contacted a certain sports media and wanted to continue his basketball career as an editor.
Robinson once nominated himself as a sports editor
Obviously, Robinson, who can train on his own without income in the future, just to get a chance to play in a development league or overseas league, will not let the chance of reaching a higher stage slip through his fingers.
Two of his teammates-Jimmy Butler and Crowder-are inspirational role models who transferred to Marquette in the Junior College League (NJCAA), played well, and were then selected by NBA teams.
Although the three years in Michigan did not make Robinson shine, at least it made Robinson one step closer to professional players.
And in the dark, the accumulation of these high-level games is a stepping stone for Robinson to enter the NBA in the future. Although Robinson at the time had no confidence in his entry into the NBA.
"I'm not even a good college player. I have never won a tactic specifically designed for me."
火狐体育官网 However, in the Heat, on the stage of the finals, Robinson has become the team's offensive firepower. Spoelstra's tactical board obviously has shooting tactics specially arranged for Robinson.
And all this was scolded by the coach.
At first, Robinson didn't even dare to make a shot. After receiving the ball, he only knew how to pass it to the big brother on the field.
"Last year he dared not shoot, just as he was not allowed to do so, he might be wondering if he should pass the ball back to Wade." Spoelstra said.
"Because he didn't dare to shoot, I gave him a severe meal."
"He is really strict with me, but I like it very much. This is how he helps me improve." Robinson said.
"As a shooter, if you don't shoot, it's selfish behavior. This is something I realized later."
The current Robinson made 270 three-pointers in a single season, a new record for the Heat, 43 more than the previous record held by Wayne Ellington.
If you can recall the appearance of Robinson when he first entered the league, you would question: Can he really play in the NBA? Why did the Heat sign such a white man who can't run fast or jump high?
And now we know, because Robinson can shoot.
And not only is he able to shoot, but also because he has the tenacity to match the Heat team culture.
Chris Quinn, the Heat’s director of player development, commented on Robinson: “The first time we tried out on him, we immediately saw his incredible fighting spirit and professionalism, and he would do things meticulously.”
"If we can make him shoot more, allow him to improve his defense, give him the right diet and sleep, and let him devote himself to all aspects, he will become a good player."
"Everyone is talking about work attitude, Duncan Robinson has a unique work attitude. He is really a workaholic." Spoelstra said.
"If anyone has a beautiful shot like him, and the height of 2 meters 01, as long as he persists, he can transform."
As Spoelstra said, Duncan Robinson is no longer the weak draft pick, but the strong one who can stop James and Davis in the Finals.
Seven years ago, Robinson and Dan Wall played in the NCAA third division. The latter was a member of the league's best team at the time, but now he is an actuary for Tesla.
And Dan Wall commented on an alternative former teammate like this, "Robinson, he is the flag of our third-tier league." To