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At 7' 1", The Admiral was one of the most dominant centers in NBA history. He played his entire career in San Antonio, winning two titles (in 199 and 2003). Robinson was the Rookie of the Year in 1990, the NBA scoring champion in 1994, the MVP in 1995, and a 10-time All-Star. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and was a member of the legendary Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Robinson earned his nickname, the Admiral, during his time at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he attended college. Despite distinguishing himself as one of the greatest basketball players of his generation ??and being drafted by the Spurs in 1987 ? the Navy had a five-year service requirement for Academy graduates. But because of how tall he was, it was difficult for Robinson to serve on a naval vessel. Instead, his obligation was reduced to two years and he served as a civil engineering officer in Georgia.

Text: Dante A. Ciampaglia
Photo: Manny Millan/Sports Illustrated

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