Hold on, hold on. No need to call dismiss this so quickly.
I know, I know. Yes, Nate Robinson doesn’t look Filipino. Yes, Nate Robinson has never claimed to be Filipino. And yes, a Filipino height joke could be added here. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be true, right?
New York Knicks guard and two-time NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson is part-Filipino. That’s the word from basketball writer Rafe Bartholomew who said Robinson’s mother Renee Busch confirmed the Filipino heritage although the roots are rather scant.
Robinson, 25, is one-eighth Filipino. His maternal great grandfather was pure Filipino, making his grandfather half and his mother a fourth. Whether that portion will qualify Robinson to play for coach Rajko Toroman’s Smart Gilas team is a question mark.
Kind of a stretch, I know. But like most things, there’s always a technicality to be dealt with. And this is where Robinson could actually be eligible to play for Smart Gilas.
Technically, Robinson could be considered a Fil-Am or more like an Am-Fil. If he is issued a Filipino passport on that basis as a dual citizen, then the 5-9 human dynamo from Seattle qualifies to play for Gilas – not as a naturalized import but as a Filipino like Fil-Ams Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz.
Of course, Robinson has to agree to apply for a Filipino passport and play for Gilas.
Long shot? Yes. Would I like to see it? Absolutely!
‘Krypto-Nate’ eligible for RP 5? (The Philippine Star)