February 11, 2001 – Playing just about a half an hour away from his hometown (Woodbridge, Virginia), San Antonio Spurs center and future Hall of Famer David Robinson scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in his final All-Star appearance in 2001.
Robinson played four years at Navy before completing an additional two years of naval service prior to arriving in the NBA. Robinson was already 24 years old when he made his professional debut in 1989. Still, he made 10 All-Star appearances over his career missing the All-Star Game just twice between 1989 and 2001 (1997 when he missed nearly the entire year due to injury and the 1999 campaign when the All-Star game was cancelled due to lockout).
Over the course of Robinson’s 10 All-Star game appearances, he averaged 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 18.4 minutes of work. His finest performances likely came during the 1993 and 1996 contests, when he scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the former and hit for 18 points and 11 rebounds in the latter. The 1996 game took on additional importance for Robinson as it was held in San Antonio, Texas, home of Robinson’s Spurs.
Robinson was 35 years old in his final All-Star appearance.
Random Sidenote: At the 28-second mark, Marv Albert alludes to someone thanking God for their All-Star selection. Albert was referring to Stephon Marbury, not David Robinson.