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Nate Robinson wanted to play for the Sonics, but the Thunder is just fine

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: March 30, 2011

Robinson no doubt got part of his athleticism from his father, Jacque, who played football at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds.

Oklahoma fans might remember Jacque Robinson, a running back at Washington and MVP of the 1982 Rose Bowl (142 yards on 20 carries as a freshman against Iowa) and the 1985 Orange Bowl (135 yards on 28 carries against the Sooners). He played one NFL season with the Buffalo Bills (1987).

This is the second straight February that Nate Robinson has been traded. He went from the Knicks to the Boston Celtics last year. This time, Robinson came to the Thunder alongside Boston teammate Kendrick Perkins in exchange for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round draft pick (No. 10 protected from the Clippers, starting in 2012).

The oldest of seven siblings, which includes three brothers and three sisters, Robinson resides in Seattle in the offseason. He has three children – sons Nahmier (6) and Ny'ale Cameron (4) and daughter Navyi Caiann (18 months) – and his mother, Renee Busch, operates a beauty shop there.

If a new arena is built in greater Seattle, the NBA might someday return there and Robinson potentially could fulfill his dream of playing pro ball for his hometown team before he retires.

“But I'm happy with the way my career has panned out and the teams I've played for,” Robinson said. “They have great players here. It's a great organization. The coach (Scott Brooks) is cool.”

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.


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