Former Spurs center David Robinson joined US president to honor veterans

david-robinson-arlington-cemeteryFormer San Antonio Spurs center, NBA legend David Robinson joined US President Barack Obama for the Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, USA today reported.

On your left, Robinson poses with 107-year-old World War II veteran Richard Overton during ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Hall of Famer and former NBA center David Robinson understands the sacrifice. The son of Navy veteran Ambrose Robinson Jr., David Robinson graduated from the Naval Academy and spent two years in the Navy Reserve before embarking on his NBA career.

“Serving our country has been a big part of my life,” Robinson said. “My grandfather (Ambrose Sr.) was in the Army. My brother (Chuck) was in the Navy. My dad was gone for months at a time. I learned at an early age how important service was. We knew that sacrifice.”

Robinson, being a significant participant in the NBA’s Hoops for Troops campaign will visit with wounded military members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“It takes just a little effort to show your appreciation,” Robinson said.

A 10-time NBA All-Star, David Robinson retired from the NBA after the 2002-2003 season. He holds career averages of 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. Robinson appeared in 987 NBA games (985 started).

He won two NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs (98-99 and 02-03). He is considered one of the best NBA centers of the 1990′s. In 1994-1995, Robinson was named NBA’s MVP.

Gregg Popovich, Robinson’s former coach on the San Antonio Spurs, is an Air Force Academy graduate and said last week that the country wasn’t honoring veterans as it should.

“In a lot of ways it’s a joyous day, if we all remember to honor people,” Popovich said. “But in some ways it’s a sad day, because (soldiers and veterans) don’t really get honored the way they should be. Some of it is just pablum.”

“When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of what they need, they’re really not getting everything. Just like the way it is right now. How many vets might have to do without food stamps because of what’s going on with the government right now? That program is huge to a lot of these families. I mean huge. It gets them through. And it may or may not be there – who knows? – because government is not very functional at this point, as we all know. So it’s a day to reflect, to honor, but also to not lose sight of the fact that a whole lot more has to be done with what they’ve done for all of us.”


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