In case you missed it, 5'9" Rainier Beach and UW alum Nate Robinson won a highly-theatrical NBA slam dunk contest Saturday night, making sure to give lots of shouts out to the 206 when the camera came in for close-ups.
His final dunk was the coup de grace, as, costumed in bright green as part of his "Krypto-Nate" persona (the colors just happened to match those of corporate sponsor Sprite), he leaped over the other finalist, 6'11", Superman-cape-wearing Dwight Howard.
"Believe it or not, video games," Robinson said, citing NBA 2K9. "They got the dunk contest, they do crazy dunks. You go back and play NBA Jam, like in the '90s, they got the crazy dunks on there, the two-hand windmill, front flip. You've just got to use your imagination. When you do that, the sky's the limit."
As we've noted before, Robinson's made no secret of his love for video games, saluting his fellow Call of Duty soldiers from the free-throw line. The more we think about it, the more it seems video games could be cited as the inspiration for Robinson's playing style overall, or even for Robinson himself. He's built like 50 Cent, jumps like a frog, tries crazy stuff just to try it, never appears to fatigue, dances and talks shit constantly, and responds cartoonishly and disproportionately to perceived slights and threats.