The first week of Duke Basketball wrapped up last night in style with NBA legend David Robinson speaking to the campers. The Admiral — among the best centers to ever play the game — was in town with his son attending camp and delivered a memorable speech in Cameron.
The two-time NBA champion encouraged campers to ”strive to be perfect. Be relentless in your pursuit of perfection.” He added, ”Effort represents who you are in whatever you do… Have a good attitude every day.”
Coach K and The Admiral have been friends for years, sharing a great mutual respect. The Admiral spoke about their battle in the 1986 NCAA Regional Final when the Blue Devils eliminated Robinson’s Navy team to advance to the Final Four. The Hall of Famers teamed up on the 1992 Dream Team, with Coach K serving as an assistant and Robinson averaging 9.0 PPG. Since then, both men have been honored as Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated and been among basketball’s most successful people.
Robinson called Coach K one of his heroes during his speech and shared kind words about the Duke program. ”Coach K relentlessly pursues perfection every day,” said Robinson. ”Perfection is impossible but the result is excellence… That is how Duke Basketball became great.”
Campers gave The Admiral a standing ovation, excited to have heard from one of the best to ever play the game.
*NBA Hall of Famer
*2x NBA champion
*NBA MVP (1995)
*10x NBA All-Star
*10x All-NBA choice
*NBA Rookie of the Year (1990)
*NBA Sportsmanship Award (2001)
*Scored 20,790 points (21.1 PPG)
*Grabbed 10,497 rebounds (10.6 RPG)
*Won two Olympic gold medals (1992, 1996)
*2003 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
*Led NBA in scoring in 1993-94 (29.8 PPG)
*Fourth player to score 70+ points in an NBA game