WEEI’s Jessica Camerato has a great piece developed mostly from quotes taken from Nate Robinson’s old team, the Knicks. From what his teammates say, they liked playing with the little bugger.
Here’s one story of Nate being a good teammate and positive influence in the locker room:
“It’s a long season and we were on a five-game losing streak,“ Chandler recounted. “He’d just come in the locker room and say, ‘It’s a long season and we’ve got a lot of games left. Don’t get too down. We’ve got this amount of games and we can get right back in this.’ You look at it as it’s the truth. Coming from your teammate is different than coming from outside, like from your family or friends. It’s somebody that’s in the same situation as you. … He’s a good teammate as far as being there for you, sticking around, being there when you’re down. He likes to joke around a lot and sometimes you need that in the locker room.”
(Read the rest of the piece for more.)
All the quotes about and from Robinson sound too good to be true. Doesn’t someone — anyone — have a little dirt on the guy? After all, he was in Mike D’Antoni’s doghouse for a reason, right? Right??
Nate says there was no reason, at least that he knows of. (Boston Globe)
“I’ve done everything coach [Mike D’Antoni] asked, I guess it wasn’t good enough. I’m always going to keep trying even if we don’t see eye to eye. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. There have probably been times you and your mom and dad haven’t seen eye to eye, but you’re still going to love and respect them. I still respect coach and love coach [D’Antoni].
“Everything is the same, but now I’m on a different team and I have a new coach that I’m looking up to and listening to. I’m a part of a great organization and we are just trying to win, go far in the playoffs, and bring banner 18 home.’’
So Nate did everything his coach asked, was adored by his teammates, and still was in the doghouse badly enough that he had 14 straight DNP-CD’s?
Something isn’t sitting right with all that. I guess the Boston media is just giving Robinson a nice little grace period.