Former NBA journeyman and Napoleonic-God to all hoopers under 6 feet tall, Nate Robinson has resurfaced in Israel where he has signed for Hapoel Tel Aviv. During an interview with Israeli television, a shirtless basketball toting, fold-up bicycle riding douche interrupts the on-screen back-n-forth with a challenge to the former NBA Dunk champ:
Nate’s response, “I’ll bust his ass” was perfect, a subtle and playful but obviously serious response to this Israeli Ben Affleck. But who is this anonymous shit-talker?
Deadspin.com found out:
His name is Raz Nisim Cohen, he briefly played for a second-division team in the Israeli league, and has made a habit of profanely challenging pro basketball players in his country to one-on-one contests. The Times of Israel unearthed the above clip of Cohen calling out Hapoel Jerusalem’s Donta Smith.
Want more? Yes of course you do:
And now I challenge you to watch his 27-minute shirtless highlight video, complete with Michael Bay-like slow-mo of killer cross-overs and 15-foot jumpshots set to 80’s and 90’s adult contemporary and Israeli counterpart music. This guy is killing it at LIFE.
I can’t wait til Nate Robinson plays against him on local Israeli television on an outdoor court in Tel Aviv in front of 2’s of screaming fans. Maybe the Knicks should just sign both Robinson and this guy?
More International News……..
Remember Ivan Johnson, former Hawks power forward and one of the most intimidating NBA players in recent memory?
Ivan The Terrible was just banned from the Phillipine Basketball Association FOR LIFE this morning for, “addressing the Commissioner with profanities and showing utter disrespect for authority.”
In the second quarter of the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters (YES REALLY) game against the Meralco Bolts, Johnson got mad at referees after he was ejected for elbowing Bryan Faundo. PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa reacted quickly and banned Johnson from the league and fined him 250,000 Phillipine pesos (about $5,000) before the game had even ended.
Just in case you’re keeping track, that’s TWO LIFETIME COUNTRY BANS for Ivan Johnson. The Korean Basketball League banned him for life back in 2010 after he flipped officials the bird following an ejection.
I love Ivan Johnson.