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Sunday, March 5, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Nate Robinson an inspiration for little big men

Seattle Times staff reporter

You might have seen them.

When it's not raining, or if an indoor court is free, the shorties make their way to the basketball court to see if they can emulate New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson. Robinson, who is listed generously at 5 feet 9, won last month's All-Star dunk contest. His splashiest jam was the one over 1986 winner Spud Webb, who is 5-6.

Robinson, whose win was a highlight in a dismal rookie season with the 15-43 Knicks, has been showered with gifts and calls from peers around the league. But probably the best recognition came from the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

At halftime of their game against the Knicks, the Grizzlies held an inaugural "Little Big Man" dunkfest for fans under 6 feet. A pre-competition was held before the game, and four contestants were given tickets to the matchup, where they were judged by local celebrities and fan reaction.

Robinson, however, didn't get the chance to wow the Memphis crowd with his hops. Since the addition of guard Steve Francis, he has been on the Knicks' inactive list. The Grizzlies won the game 101-99, handing New York its fifth consecutive loss.

Former Washington high-schoolers in the NBA
Player (High School, Year) Ht Pos Team Pts Reb Ast
Scot Pollard (Kamiakin, 1993) 6-11 F-C Indiana 3.9 5.1 0.5
Suffering from plantar fasciitis in both feet.
Jason Terry (Franklin, 1995) 6-2 G Dallas 16.9 1.9 3.9
Recent four-game stretch scoring 20-plus points is longest as a Mav.
Richie Frahm (Battle Ground, 1996) 6-5 G Minnesota 2.6 0.9 0.6
Racking up the DNP-CDs.
Brian Scalabrine (Enumclaw, 1996) 6-9 F Boston 2.7 1.4 0.5
More valuable honoring students for academic achievements than court play.
Dan Dickau (Prairie, 1997) 6-0 G Boston 3.3 0.8 2.1
Season ended with Achilles injury.
Kevin Burleson (O'Dea, 1998) 6-3 G Charlotte 1.6 0.7 1.3
He hasn't played sinceFeb.25.
Jamal Crawford (Rainier Beach, 1999) 6-5 G New York 13.3 3.2 3.8
League's top scoring reserve, but his team needs his defense.
Luke Ridnour (Blaine, 2000) 6-2 G Seattle 11.8 3.0 6.9
Aiming to represent U.S. at 2008 Olympic Games.
Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach, 2002) 5-9 G New York 8.3 2.5 1.8
Healthy, but on inactive list the past four games.
Martell Webster (Seattle Prep, 2005) 6-7 G-F Portland 5.1 1.3 0.4
Scored six points against Lakers to help Blazers snap 14-game losing streak.
Marvin Williams (Bremerton, 2004) 6-9 F Atlanta 7.3 4.5 0.8
Recent play still inspired by All-Star rookie-team snub.
Note: Statistics through Thursday's games

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