‘People Don’t Got the Nuts to Do it’: Damian Lillard Lauds Nate Robinson for Fighting Jake Paul

Published 12/02/2020, 8:12 AM EST
DENVER, CO – MAY 7: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers shows signs of frustration against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


NBA player Nate Robinson made his boxing debut against YouTube sensation Jake Paul. Paul has recently started boxing and just a short while after his first fight, Robinson openly challenged Paul and said he would love to fight him. Everyone thought that this fight already had a winner, but Paul proved everybody wrong. Although Robinson was heavily trolled for losing to Jake, Damian Lillard has come to his rescue.

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Robinson is an incredible athlete, while Paul is known for his rap music and a massive fan following on social media. But unlike Nate, Paul has at least some experience in the ring, not against pro boxers but against other YouTubers, and Jake hadn’t really fought with an actual athlete.

The Nate Robinson vs Jake Paul fight

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Paul knocked Robinson down in the first round. In the second, he hit him twice and left him motionless with his face down in the ring. It seemed like the fight was over before it even started. The confidence Robinson showed on social media before his fight came back to bite him. He was mocked endlessly and the NBA world just couldn’t get over it.

Damian Lillard is known for voicing his opinions on topics he feels for, and it looks like the internet going wild over Robinson’s loss hasn’t sat well with the superstar, and he felt the need to give some perspective.

DENVER, CO – MAY 7: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers shows signs of frustration against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Damian Lillard offers some perspective

On the one side, everyone was busy making fun of Robinson. But Portland Trail Blazers‘ Lillard wasn’t one of them. “I think what he did was bold,” Lillard said on Tuesday in a conference call.

“He got in the ring. A lot of the people don’t got the nuts to do it. So respect to him for doing it. You go into a fight and all it takes is one punch. Anything can happen. On one side you got to respect fighters. Respect the sport. Let fighters fight. Some of them train their whole life to be fighters. Some of them, that is all they do. They’re in the gym sparring. They’re in the gym working on their footwork, and they jab and they hook and they uppercut and absorbing punches and keeping their necks strong and keeping their chins right. That’s what they do. I think it was a bold move by him,” Lillard said.

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Lillard stated that it wasn’t fair to humiliate an athlete for losing, as it is all part of the sport.

Nov 27, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Jake Paul (left) and Nate Robinson (right) weigh in for a cruiserweight boxing bout in Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Lynn Millspaugh/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Lillard further added to his point and stated, “Everybody is making a big thing out of it because it was Nate Robinson. But people get knocked out in in the boxing gym every day. They’re a part of that sport. He chose to participate in that sport. He just came up on the wrong end of it. I watch boxing so much that I don’t view it the same way everybody else does because I know that’s part of the fight game.”

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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