Title: D-LEAGUE STAR RONALD ROBERTS WANTS TO BRING SKATE STYLE TO THE NBA
Date: March 14, 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: I wrote about Raptors 905′ All-Star Ronald Roberts, who wanted an endorsement deal from his local skate shop before he wanted one for basketball shoes.
Ronald Roberts Jr. was always going to find his way to the hardwood. He’s 6-foot-8, and both his parents played basketball professionally. But if the height and the pedigree didn’t make it obvious enough, Roberts’ first sports passion unexpectedly revealed to him his biggest basketball asset. “I knew that I could jump, actually, from skateboarding,” Roberts says. “Not from playing basketball.”
Now an All-Star for the Toronto Raptors’ D-League affiliate, Raptors 905, Roberts leans heavily on his vertical and secondary bounce to out-rebound just about everyone. He’s also one of the league’s most exciting dunkers, living above the rim with a vertical that exceeds 40 inches. As Roberts can attest, that’s a height of at least three skateboards.
“I would say the best trick that I pulled off, maybe,” Roberts reminisces, “I remember me and my boys used to jump over other skateboards, so we would stack the skateboards up. I jumped over three at one time.”
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