Heat’s Duncan Robinson gets nose surgery: ‘Luckily I can breathe’ | Basketball

Even though Duncan Robinson’s future with the Miami Heat remains somewhat murky amid an offseason of trade rumors, the 3-point specialist has cleared the air.

And for that aspect of his personal growth, he credits former Heat teammate Rodney McGruder.

On this week’s edition of his podcast, Robinson offered a follow-up to an earlier edition of The Long Shot, when he said he was planning nose surgery.

Now, says Robinson, he is breathing better.

“I mostly focused on improving and playing,” he said on the podcast recorded during the summer league. “I actually had surgery, very minor. It was an elective surgery. I had an old broken nose and couldn’t breathe through one of my nostrils for most of my life since I was in seventh grade.

“So one of my old teammates, Rodney McGruder, also had surgery. I contacted him and asked him, ‘What was the experience?’ And he said it was life changing for sleep, the conditioning, everything. So I had a consultation and it turned out that my right nostril was 90% blocked, so I was getting like half the air I could get.

Robinson said he is now reaping the benefits.

“It was brutal for about 10 days,” he said. “But we are on the other side now, thankfully. I can breathe. It’s incredible. I feel like a new man.”

With Robinson owed $16.9 million this coming season in the second year of the five-year, $90 million contract he received a year ago, he has been linked with several potential offers from Heat to add another leading man this offseason, including Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

After emerging from the Heat’s humble beginnings on a two-way deal in 2018, Robinson on his latest podcast spoke about the immersive nature of Heat culture when chatting with former NBA players Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.

“I don’t want to say that it exists more in a similar theory,” Robinson said. “Like the cultural aspect is real, and that’s what we talk about a lot. I think it comes down more to a certain level of responsibility.

“It’s like maximizing every day. Like they never will, at any point in the season they’ll never let you have a day where you don’t just show up and tick a box. They’ll make sure you’re in the weight room, watching a movie.

“I feel like in theory, what we talk about in the league, we talk about it like it’s a little crazy… I really think it’s about their priority to be a professional. “

But he acknowledged that there are some particularly difficult elements.

“The body fat thing is real. It’s about once a week,” he said.

“That’s what’s kind of disturbing is that we’ll love to play in Chicago, we get on the plane and we fly back to Miami, and we have deep pizza there. And we wake up the next morning, it’s like, ‘You’re overweight and body fat.’

“So people look at the pizza and people are like, ‘We got it tomorrow? What’s going on?’ So it’s like a little game in there.

Robinson also shared an anecdote about teammate Kyle Lowry and how the veteran point guard has a unique way of keeping referees on point.

“When we first had Kyle last year it was like the start of pre-season, I think everyone knows Kyle gives the referees a hard time,” Robinson said. “But he would tell me – that I don’t know if he has a film, a tape, a book, I don’t know, a manual – but he has memorized where on the floor all the umpires are supposed to be as the ball goes moves into the half court.

“So what he does is he goes to the referees if they’re not in the right places. So if somebody makes a call, they’ll say, ‘You can’t make that call. “. You’re in the wrong place.”

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