This Day In Sneaker History: David Robinson Scores Career High 71 Points

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When approached with the topic of the greatest scoring NBA performances, one can only help but to reminisce of Wilt, Michael, and Kobe’s stellar achievements on the hardwood. But what about David Robinson? The San Antonio Spurs’ “Admiral” currently sits among the greatest with his 71-point performance on April 24, 1994, against the Los Angeles Clippers. Now, as if it wasn’t already enough to nearly score a basket for every minute played, Robinson laced up in one of the most innovative basketball sneakers of all time, the Nike Air Unlimited. Watch as associate editor, George Kiel III explains this feat and the importance of this sneaker in the mid-90s.

David Robinson in the Nike Air Unlimited

David Robinson in the Nike Air Unlimited

David Robinson in the Nike Air Unlimited

David Robinson in the Nike Air Unlimited

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  1. I forgot all about these. I remember one of my teammates in youth league at YMCA had these. And Robinson is always regarded as a great player but slept on as a prolific scorer.

  2. ive never Knew he put up 71 points and is that?Dominique in the first pic?? In a clippers jersey? I really need to brush up on my NBA History?

    • indeed it is ‘nique. People don’t realize he finished his career as a journeyman. ?After this year, he went C’s, Greece, Spurs (ironically), Italy, Magic – all 1 yr stints – then retired.

  3. This is awesome I’m glad that you guys recognize old school players wear especially the unlimited,.please keep the history coming.

  4. Bill Fitch told his centers to play lax d on him so that Robinson could end up surpassing Shaq for the scoring title during the last game of the regular season. We all remember how Shaq got his revenge the next year in the All Star Game lol

  5. Great Segment. Are they going to re-release these? They look like they have alot of support. I’d definitely wear them.

  6. Pretty Cool Segment! C. Webb and the Fab Five Wore These Too, the Black and Blue Variety. Had Me a Pair Back in the Day.

  7. David Robinson HAD to score 71 pts to win the scoring title. ?They forced the rock to him all damn game to get him the title and it was kind of a Cheap ass way to get it. ?I

  8. i like those joints..liked the cwebb version better when we rocked the swoosh! i think his cw was black and grey! that said, on the scoring title..kobe will drop 4-+ in sacto and end this!?

  9. The admiral does get overlooked as one of the best.?I?got to admit his team def made sure he got that?scoring title. ??You really can’t compare Shaq & The admiral.? Shaq at that time had the body to dominate in low post because?there was no match for him at that size and weight?and he was a banger and his game was mostly dunks and hooks. The admiral was quick and agile who dunked a lot also?but?he also had a 15 to 20 ft jumper as well something shaq NEVER had but the are both great players.? I’ve been saying please bring back the unlimited for years. If you brought back the carnivore which are in nike outlet going for dirt cheap, i know nike should bring these back. and i bet they won’t be in outlet store collecting dust.

  10. Aaaaaaaaaah Man I had these in the black & grey CW back in the day. One of my fave kicks of all time. Daaaamn, they need to bring these back. THis CW was sick too.

  11. Mad respect to the Admiral… I feel like he isn’t included in to many of great center conversations, despite his obvious skill and impact on the bball world. Def should be in top centers of all time… but being on San Antonio seems to be a curse in terms of exposure and legacy.

  12. Mad respect to the Admiral… I feel like he isn’t included in to many of great center conversations, despite his obvious skill and impact on the bball world. Def should be in top centers of all time… but being on San Antonio seems to be a curse in terms of exposure and legacy.

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