Knicks star breaks silence on staying with high school coach after his wife’s passing

Robinson was coached by Stockton at Chalmette High School, Louisiana.


Knicks star breaks silence on staying with high school coach after his wife’s passing

Mitchell Robinson, the New York Knicks center, has garnered attention due to a heartwarming gesture towards his former high school coach. Despite being renowned as an entertaining player, he revealed another dimension of his character through this act of kindness.

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In the Knicks’ triumphant 118-112 victory against the Pistons, Butch Stockton, Robinson’s high school coach at Chalmette High School in Louisiana, shared poignant details about his wife’s passing and the support offered by Robinson. Reflecting on the aftermath of the funeral, Stockton highlighted Robinson’s compassionate act of visiting his late wife in the hospital before her passing.

Coach Butch’s wife, Dawn, who succumbed to metastatic cancer in September, held a profound influence on Robinson. During the broadcast interview, Coach Butch recollected Robinson’s heartfelt words and sentiments.

He said 'Coach, no reason to stay down here in Louisiana. You come to New York with me and enjoy yourself and get your mind back straight because you know how much you loved your wife

When questioned about his decision not to publicize the kind gesture, Robinson responded with a tweet explaining that he didn’t do it for the sake of attention or popularity. Instead, he emphasized that his actions were driven by genuine concern and love.

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Three in a row for Mitchell Robinson and the New York Knicks

Enjoying a favorable position this season, the New York Knicks currently hold the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference standings, boasting a commendable 12-7 record. Their recent success includes a triumphant streak of three consecutive victories, with the latest being a 106-119 win at the Scotiabank Arena, the home of the Toronto Raptors.

Mitchell Robinson
Mitchell Robinson (via X)

As the longest-tenured player for the Knicks, Robinson consistently demonstrates his value as a leader in offensive rebounding with remarkable performances in the last three games. Notably, he contributed with 10, 9, and 5 rebounds against the Hornets, Pistons, and Raptors respectively during their recent triumphant victories.

With an impressive season average of 6.2 points and 10.7 rebounds, Mitchell Robinson and the Knicks are eager for their winning streak to persist as they travel to the Fiserv Forum to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament.

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