Here are some reactions from the Celtics camp about the Nate Robinson addition.
Ray Allen on Robinson addition (Boston Herald):
“Nate Robinson’s now a part of this team, so we have to do the best we can in trying to incorporate him into what we’re doing and how we think and how we do things here. We have to make him fit in and feel a part of us trying to win a championship.
“I played with him when he was in college in Seattle (University of Washington), so I’ve known him for a while. He’s a good dude, good kid. I believe he can help us. I think this year he’s grown even from where he was. I look forward to him coming in.”
Ray Allen on whether Robinson helps the team (Herald):
“On paper, it’s hard to say. I think him just being as lively and athletic as he is, I think as a team we become more energetic with the second group. He’s got great defense on the ball,” he said. “He can shoot the 3 – not as good as Eddie. Not too many people in the league shoot the ball as well as Eddie. So we’ll see. But I think as a team it’s our job to try to make sure we do make it better.”
Rajon Rondo on his possible new role (Herald):
“If I played 27 minutes a night and we win, I don’t really care right now,” Rondo said. “I just want to win.
“But I’m sure the objective is to have a great one-two punch. Nate’s competitive. He loves to play. That’s all you can ask from a guy is to go out and give it 100 percent, give it your all. You don’t want a guy that’s going to lay down, and he definitely competes.”
Rajon Rondo on what he thought of Nate on the Knicks (NBA.com):
“We compete. We don’t really see each other, we speak, but I try to kill him every time I play him and I’m sure that’s probably his mentality.”
He did say that Robinson brings “energy and he can definitely score the ball in a million different ways. He’s a good defender.”
Kendrick Perkins on Nate’s energy (Herald):
“I think it’s good for us,” said Kendrick Perkins. “He brings instant offense, a lot of energy. E. House is a good guy, a good piece for us, and we hate to lose him. But we’ve got to move forward. Hopefully Nate comes in and helps us a lot.”
Doc Rivers on Nate’s defensive potential (Globe):
“He knows that’s one of the main reason we wanted him,’’ Rivers said. “He gives us defense. He pressures the ball. We can use lineups with Rondo and Nate at times against certain teams and the ball pressure alone would be phenomenal.’’
Danny Ainge on Nate’s ability (ESPNBoston):
“Nate is one of the great athletes in the league and he brings a dynamic scorer to our team,” Celtics president of basketball Danny Ainge said in the team’s release on the deal. “We have been seeking a second ball-handler capable of penetrating the defense and we believe that he provides that. We love Nate’s ability to pressure the ball defensively and we think he can add to our defense as well as our offense.”