Former NBA Star Nate Robinson Gives Update On His Battle With Kidney Failure

Former NBA Star and three-time Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson, recently shared that he might not have much time to live. The Seattle Washington native and three-sport athlete at Rainier Beach High School has been dealing with Kidney failure for the past six years.

“I know that I don’t have long if I can’t get a kidney,” Robinson said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “I know I’m not going to have long to live. So I just want to make the best of it as much as I can.”


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Robinson revealed that he has to go through dialysis treatment everyday.

“Some people’s body reject dialysis. And thank God that mine accepts it and I can live… if I didn’t go to dialysis, I wouldn’t live probably longer than a week or two. So it’s serious, can’t miss a day. I go in for four hours, three days a week, four hours a day. And they clean my blood to get my toxins out. And they help me out a lot because that’s how I’m living.”

He also revealed that what he is experiencing has provided a prospective on life.

“I just thank God for every opportunity that’s happened in my life. Even with these kidneys situations, because it’s gotten me to slow down a lot, where I can take time to appreciate life itself,” Robinson said during a recent interview with Miami Heat legend Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller on the “The OGs” podcast.

“You know dealing with this situation with my kidneys man, it’s opened my eyes to where you know I can talk about it and help others. If I was a high school kid going through something like this, it would be scary, and I wouldn’t know how to cope or deal with something like this… you know I can be somebody’s reason to keep fighting and keep going.”

In 2022 Robinson announced that he was battling kidney failure and was undergoing treatment and choose to deal with it privately.

“I am currently undergoing treatment for renal kidney failure and have been privately dealing with it for the last four years,” Robinson said. “I’m sharing this now because I want to be the voice for all those who are having trouble speaking about this illness and come together for a greater cause — our health.”

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