MIES (FIBA Hall of Fame) - On Monday 27 May, FIBA announced the 2013 Class of Inductees of the FIBA Hall of Fame. Over the next three weeks (weekdays from 28 May to 12 June), we will profile all 12 of the inductees. Today we look at USA's David Robinson.
David Robinson is one of the all-time greats in basketball history.
A two-time Olympic champion with the United States and member of their 1992 Dream Team at the Barcelona Games, Robinson is entering the FIBA Hall of Fame.
The 2.16m center always stood tall with his teams, be it the U.S. Naval Academy, the San Antonio Spurs or the USA.
Recognized as the best player in American college basketball when he patrolled the paint for the Midshipmen, Robinson made sure the Spurs would enter a sustained period of success when they selected him with the first overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.
After serving a couple of years of military service as a graduate of the Naval Academy, Robinson, nicknamed 'The Admiral', joined a San Antonio side that had won just 21 of their 82 games in 1988-89.
He fired them to a 56-36 record in 1989-90 and was named Rookie of the Year.
Robinson was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1991-92 and the league's MVP in 1994-95.
He was an All-NBA First Team selection on four occasions, All-NBA Defensive First Team four times and a 10-time NBA All-Star.
Twice he helped the Spurs capture NBA titles, in 1999 and 2003.
Before he'd ever dunked a basketball in the professional ranks, Robinson did so in a Team USA shirt.
In 1986, he travelled to Spain for the FIBA World Championship with the American squad that then consisted of collegians and led them to gold.
He averaged 12.9 points per game, but poured in 21, 17 and 20 in their last three victories - triumphs over Yugoslavia, Brazil and the Soviet Union.
In that Soviet side was another legend-in-the making, FIBA Hall-of-Famer Arvydas Sabonis.
Robinson had 19 points and 12 rebounds when the teams met two years later in the Semi-Finals of the Seoul Olympics, but Sabonis and his Soviet squad won, 82-76.
After quickly proving himself to be one of the best players in the world with San Antonio, Robinson was included in the USA Dream Team that took the 1992 Barcelona Games by storm.
Robinson also captured gold at the Atlanta Games four years later.
His many achievements were recognized in 2009 when inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Now Robinson is to be immortalized in the hallowed halls of FIBA.