Nuggets guard Nate Robinson shares story with fans in new book

"Heart Over Height" chronicles improbable journey to NBA
by Aaron Lopez
Nuggets.com

Two-sport college athlete. First-round NBA draft pick. Three-time slam-dunk champion.

Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson can now add “published author” to his impressive list of titles.

Robinson on Wednesday announced the release of his new book, “Heart Over Height.” Written with Jon Finkel, the book chronicles Robinson’s rise to the NBA as a 5-foot-9 guard who grew up playing basketball and football in Seattle.

“It’s inspirational,” Robinson said. “There’s humor in there. There’s a little bit of everything: Blood, sweat and tears, the happiness and trials and tribulations. It’s a good book for kids to understand that we don’t just wake up being NBA superstars. It’s a lot of hard work.”

Through the years, Robinson kept a journal about his journey to the NBA, and he jotted down stories about his career once he joined the New York Knicks as a first-round draft pick in 2005.

Because of his height and exciting style of play, he has always been a fan favorite during stops in New York, Boston, Oklahoma City, Golden State, Chicago and Denver.

“There’s so many kids in the world who are told you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” Robinson said. “Those are all put-downs. I’m all about pick-ups. You have to pick people up and pay it forward.

“That’s just something all kids need to understand. You don’t have to be the biggest, tallest, strongest guy to do whatever you want to do. You can do anything. There’s tall doctors, short doctors. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be the tallest guy to play the sport of basketball, football or whatever you want to play.”

Heart Over Height is available now on Amazon, iBooks and StateofNate.com.