- Mitchell Robinson has a close bond with his high school basketball coach
- And Butch Stockton now lives with him in New York
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Mitchell Robinson’s high school coach revealed he is living with the Knicks center as he told a hugely touching story on Thursday night.
Butch Stockton, who Robinson played for at Chalmette High School in Louisiana, was in attendance as his former player faced the Pistons at Madison Square Garden.
And the coach, who lost his wife Dawn to cancer over the summer, shared that Robinson invited him to stay with him to get his ‘mind back straight’ after his partner of 31 years passed away.
‘When my wife was in the hospital, Mitchell came each day to visit her, Stockton said while being interviewed by MSG Network’s Rebecca Haarlow. ‘Became very close to myself and my wife and after the funeral, Mitchell told everyone that he was gonna bring me to New York with him.
‘He said, ‘Coach there’s no reason you stay down here in Louisiana anymore. You come to New York with and enjoy yourself and get your mind back straight because you know how much you loved your wife.”
Mitchell Robinson’s high school coach, Butch Stockton, revealed he was living with the center
Robinson shared this picture of him and Dawn Stockton after her death in September
Robinson confirmed after the game to reporters that Stockton had been living with him since September.
‘Great guy. He helped me get to where I’m at,’ he said. ‘So, you know, I’m bringing him along with me after everything that had happened over the summer.’
According to an obituary, Dawn passed away on September 13 after a ‘brief battle with metastatic cancer.’
And two days later, Robinson shared a tribute to her on Instagram, posting two pictures of them and writing, ‘Momma I’m sorry so sorry this has happened to you.
Robinson regularly paid hospital visits to Dawn before she passed away from cancer
‘I wish there was something I could have done to keep here you been to good to me and coach Stockton you’ll never be forgotten please keep me safe and watching over me like you been doing i love you #RIP.’
On Thursday, fans were full of praise for Robinson after his generosity was brought to light.
‘Just became a Mitchell Robinson fan,’ one said on X.
‘Faith in humanity restored,’ another added.
‘Amazing character,’ a third chimed in. ‘Man is an angel.’
Robinson tallied six points and nine rebounds on Thursday as the Knicks beat the Pistons 118-112.