Skip to content

Nate Robinson talks rookie hazing after Cavs rookies given baby dolls, strollers

Dec 6, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

Byron Scott, Dion Waiters AP

If you see Dion Waiters walking around Cleveland pushing a tiny little stroller, know that is coach’s orders.

As part of some rookie hazing, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott gave his team’s rookies — Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones — a baby doll and strollers to match. The kind 3-year-old girls can’t get enough of. Then told the rookies to carry it all around, reports ESPN.

Waiters and Zeller received their baby dolls at shootaround while Jones had a baby doll and a stroller waiting for him a couple hours before the game. The players are trying to take the baby dolls, and the jokes that come with them, in stride.

“Just rookie initiation, I guess,” Jones said with a laugh. “Just trying to have fun with it. You’re only a rookie once, so you just got to have fun with it.”

That’s a pretty creative one, but fits with the theme of rookies with Hello Kitty backpacks and being forced to wear a dress out to a team dinner. It’s just part of the welcome to the NBA ritual.

Nate Robinson was reflecting on his hazing with Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com and said the silly stuff wasn’t what got to him.

“The worst thing I probably I had to do—because me, I was a clown, so I didn’t really mind all the funny stuff we had to do—but I think one of the things I didn’t like was one day at a practice, a couple times at practice and shootaround, the guys would kick the ball all the way up to the top of the stadium and we had to go get the balls. That sucked.”

Nice.

Latest Posts
  1. Summer League game ends with wild sudden death double overtime finish (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    sudden death

    Crazy ending to game between the Hawks and the D-League select squad in Vegas.

  2. Porter, Rice ready to hear the truth from Pierce

    Jul 14, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards Getty Images

    Otto Porter is going to play behind Pierce this season, he hopes to learn a lot.

  3. Cavaliers’ No. 1 pick looks good in Summer League. No, not that one. Anthony Bennett.

    Jul 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v San Antonio Spurs Getty Images

    He’s dropped weight and is playing well. Maybe not No. 1 pick well, but like a guy who can contribute at the NBA level.

  4. Notes from a Summer League Sunday: Doug McDermott is the early Vegas fan favorite

    Jul 14, 2014, 2:02 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Denver Nuggets Getty Images

    McDermott and Tony Snell had a very good shooting game for the Bulls.

  5. Kirk Hinrich to return to Chicago for another season

    Jul 13, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich AP

    Hinrich took less to stay in Chicago.

  6. Report: Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen agrees to multi-year deal to return to Heat

    Jul 13, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    Chris Andersen Chris Andersen

    Miami continues to bring the band back together — minus LeBron James, of course.

  7. Julius Randle signs rookie contract, makes Summer League debut for Lakers

    Jul 13, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    julius randle

    Randle signed his deal just 20 minutes before tip-off, but he was able to scramble a bit to make it into the starting lineup.

  8. Report: Mario Chalmers agrees to two-year deal to return to Heat

    Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

    2014 NBA Finals - Game Three Getty Images

    A good signing to maintain roster continuity, considering Chalmers has been Miami’s starting point guard for the past three seasons.

  9. Report: Kevin Garnett coming back to Nets next season despite Pierce departure

    Jul 13, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    In a wide open East, the Nets roster looks like one that could do some damage. If it can stay healthy.

  10. Dante Exum impresses in flashes during Summer League debut with Jazz

    Jul 13, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    Sean Kilpatrick, Dante Exum Sean Kilpatrick, Dante Exum

    Exum’s performance didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but was extremely exciting nonetheless.

  11. Report: Marvin Williams joins Charlotte on two-year deal

    Jul 13, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Marvin Williams AP

    He will step into a stretch four role in Charlotte.

Featured video

How Cleveland was fit for a King
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. L. James (7299)
  2. C. Anthony (5107)
  3. D. Wade (4557)
  4. P. Gasol (4388)
  5. K. Love (4276)
  1. C. Bosh (4122)
  2. C. Parsons (3607)
  3. K. Bryant (3491)
  4. J. Lin (3118)
  5. D. Rose (2867)