Knicks star takes in his sadistic high school basketball coach as a new roommate
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson didn’t make much of an impact on the basketball court in the first two years of his high school career. It wasn’t until Robinson moved to Chalmette High School in Louisiana that he began to show his talent.
Butch Stockton was Robison’s coach at Chalmette, and the pair seem to have maintained a friendship over the years. On Thursday, Robison learned that Stockton’s wife, Dawn, died in September after 31 years of marriage.
Robinson then decided to have a heart transplant. He invited his former coach to move in with him in New York, so he wouldn’t have to be alone while he was grieving.
Stockton recalled the moment Robinson invited him to stay with him.
“He said, ‘Coach, there’s no reason for you to stay in Louisiana anymore.’ You come to New York with me and enjoy it,” Stockton told MSG Network. “Get your mind right back because you know how much you loved your wife. I loved your wife.”
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Robinson and Stockton bond over watching movies, and the former high school basketball coach even watches the NBA star’s dogs when he’s away.
Robinson expressed gratitude for Stockton’s guidance during his high school years and said he was more than happy to help out when his former coach needed it.
According to his bio published on the Chalmette High School website, Stockton’s coaching career spanned more than four decades. He is also a member of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. Bernard.
“He’s a great guy, he helped me get to where I am,” Robinson said Thursday. “… So it’s working out for the best. I can help him as he helped me. … He looked out for me. It helped me get to where I am, I feel like, it’s the least of me. can. It was good.”
Robison is off to a strong start this season. He leads the entire league in offensive rebounds, and is averaging 11.1 rebounds per game this year. He is also averaging 6.2 points per game.
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The Knicks missed the 2021-22 postseason, but qualified for the playoffs last season. New York defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round last year, but were later eliminated by the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.
The Knicks are 12-7 through the first 19 games of the season.