Nate Robinson has been a member of the Boston Celtics since this past Thursday. Still, after missing three games due to travel issues and the flu, Robinson has yet to play with his new teammates. He won’t get his chance today, either, as the Celtics have no scheduled practice.
But his debut will finally come tomorrow, as the Celtics will face Robinson’s former team — the New York Knicks — in a Tuesday-night showdown. (CSNNE)
All indications are that Nate Robinson’s Celtic debut will be Tuesday against his former team, the New York Knicks. Robinson spent Sunday working out at the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham, Mass.
In the meantime, waiting to make his first appearance in a Celtics jersey, Robinson has passed the time by working out with fellow ex-Knick Marcus Landry. Before tomorrow’s game, Doc Rivers will attempt to teach Robinson some of the offense, but he cautions that Nate won’t be able to learn any of it in time for tomorrow’s game. (Boston Herald)
“I’m going to meet him and I might do some stuff with our video guys on the floor running our offense with him just a little bit,” Rivers said. “But he’s not going to know anything by (tomorrow), I can tell you that. So when he comes in we’ll run pick-and-roll.
“Nate’s a guard. We’re just going to wind him up and push him out on the floor and let him go right now. We can’t worry about trying to integrate him in our stuff. There’s not enough time right now.”
Doc then spoke a little about how he expects to use Robinson defensively.
“I do envision us putting more pressure on the ball when we get him, because we could use a (Rajon) Rondo-Nate lineup with Tony Allen on the floor,” the coach said. “That’s a lot of defensive pressure. If we ever get down in games, I think we will have the ability to create turnovers with that lineup.
“But right now you don’t know a guy until you coach a guy. I haven’t had that opportunity yet, so I’m just going to wait and see.”
A lineup including both Rondo and Robinson? That sounds intriguing, even though they would get murdered by any guard with any semblance of a post game. The quickness and speed offered by that group would be outrageous, though.
In the end, it might be Nate’s versatility that makes him a better fit than Eddie House. House can shoot better than Nate — better than almost any guy in the NBA — but Nate does just about everything else at a higher level. He’s quicker, stronger, and a better penetrator, defender, and finisher.
And it’s great he gets to start his career against the Knicks. I’m still in favor of him blowing a kiss at Mike D’Antoni after every made bucket.