The former guard and three-time NBA slam dunk champion, Nate Robinson, has revealed he is battling kidney failure.
“I am currently undergoing treatment for Renal Kidney Failure and have been privately dealing with it for the last four years,” Robinson said.
Meanwhile, Robinson, who played his first five seasons of professional basketball with the Knicks, stated that the goal of going public with his battle was to raise awareness of the illness.
“I’m sharing this now because I want to be the voice for all those who are having trouble speaking about this illness and come together for a greater cause – our health,” Robinson added.
‘It’s Time for me to Speak Up’
The 5-9 University of Washington graduate, who was well-known for his diminutive size on the court, claimed he was never one to speak up about his health condition. However, he wants to organize everyone to fight kidney failure.
“I was never a vocal leader on the court,” he admitted. “I preferred to lead by example, but now it’s time for me to speak up and help all those affected by or dealing with Kidney Disease.”
The 38-year-old NBA star has also expressed his gratitude for the four years of medical care that he has received. “I am grateful for the care I’ve received and continue to receive during this process and hope that through this announcement, I can help others like me.”
Meanwhile, Robinson holds the league record with three NBA Slam Dunk Contest victories, the most recent coming in 2010. Furthermore, he played for eight different teams during his 11-year career. However, he made his final NBA appearance in the 2015–16 season when he took part in two games for the New Orleans Pelicans.
After retiring from basketball, Robinson tried boxing and made his pro debut against Jake Paul. Sadly, he lost the game in the second round.