Today’s #TBT Sports Blog recalls one of the most incredible statistical accomplishments in modern day basketball history.
On February 17, 1994 “The Admiral” David Robinson amassed the last quadruple double recorded in NBA action.
The Basketball Hall of Fame icon, who played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs, posted gaudy stats of 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocked shots against an excellent Detroit Pistons team.
Watch You Tube video clips of Robinson’s extraordinary night:
Robinson’s amazing night against the Pistons included a feat that only a select few NBA players could ever come close to replicating.
Maybe Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans or Khawi Leonard of the same Spurs could replicate Robinson’s scoring, rebounding, assisting and shot blocking numbers on a given night.
Or, perhaps OKC’s Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook could post quadruple doubles with 10+ steals replacing 10+ blocked shots on the stat sheet.
However, the special talent, smarts and competitive spirit brought to the sport each night enabled him to enjoy Hall of Fame career.
Read About David Robinson in My Sports Comic Book
As a tribute to this special star, here’s a chapter excerpt about “The Admiral” David Robinson that I’m sharing from my sports comic book entitled Favorite Nicknames in Sports. Click on the cover to download the book from Amazon.
Here ya go…
“…The highest rank in the U.S Navy that he ever held was Lieutenant Junior Grade. However, this former U.S Naval Academy basketball star will always be known by his notable nautical nickname, The Admiral.
He ships in at #17 in my sports comic book Favorite Sports Nicknames.
While an NBA pro with the San Antonio Spurs, David Robinson won two Olympic gold medals, two NBA championships and a 1995 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. In 1995 he was named as one of the 50 greatest NBA players in history.
David Robinson will always be remembered for his unexpected, brilliant college basketball career at the U.S. Naval Academy where Navy fans first saw him as The Admiral.
Robinson only started playing basketball competitively as a high school senior. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a skinny 6’8” and 185 lb. freshman with very little basketball ability. Robinson even needed special permission from the Navy to apply to the Academy. He was already taller than the military school’s maximum height allowance.
The late-blooming Robinson graduated four years later as a muscular, highly skilled 7’1” athletic center.
Robinson left his mark on college basketball as the all-time greatest U.S. Naval Academy player. In his junior year, The Admiral led the Midshipmen to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament, the school’s highest finish ever. During his senior season, he averaged 28.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game.
Robinson received college basketball’s two highest honors during his senior season. The Admiral won both the Naismith and Wooden Awards. They’re given each year to NCAA college basketball’s top overall player.
Robinson did not immediately enter the NBA after graduation, even though he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the overall number one pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.
The Admiral served two years of his required active duty in the Navy before joining the Spurs organization in 1989. He played for San Antonio during his entire 13-year NBA career. In 1995, he was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
He may have only worn the uniform of a Lieutenant Junior Grade during his service in the U.S. Navy. But, whenever David Robinson stepped onto the basketball court, he played and led like the high ranking of The Admiral.
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