Nate Robinson wants to re-sign with the Boston Celtics when he becomes a free agent following the season. (NBA Fanhouse)
Robinson, who will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his five-year career, said he definitely has interest in re-signing with the Celtics if they want him back.
“Of course,” Robinson said in an interview Friday with FanHouse, a day after Boston fell 102-89 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Lakers.
Even though the 5-foot-9 Robinson’s playing time has been erratic, he said he likes the way the Celtics have treated him since he was acquired Feb. 19 from New York.
“I feel wanted here,” said Robinson, who averaged 6.5 points in 14.7 minutes in 26 Boston regular-season games, but has seen his numbers drop in the postseason to 3.4 points in 6.4 minutes in the 11 games he has played.
“This group of guys, this team, this organization is good for me. They’re high class, man. They keep it 100 percent (real) with you. Doc (Rivers, the coach) keeps it 100 percent. He tells you straight forward what he wants. I like that.”
It says a lot that Robinson wants to play with the Celtics, even after they kept him from reaching his $1 million bonus, even after Doc repeatedly benched him.
I’ve been benched in my life (shit, my entire college career was a lesson in how to properly handle splinters), so I know firsthand the feeling you get when a coach benches you. For me, with the coaches I had, I wanted to run my coaches over with a sit-down lawnmower (and might have, if I ever could have afforded to buy one).
But Nate wants to be with the Celtics. He feels wanted by the Celtics. And all while he’s playing far less than he ever would have envisioned.
To me, that’s a testament to Doc Rivers, the coaching staff and the entire Boston Celtics organization.