Husky fans fell in love with Nate Robinson's hyperactivity and short-man defiance. But according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, Nate's bosses with the New York Knicks are less amused.
The team is reportedly looking to ship Robinson, partly to clear cap space for its pursuit of Lebron James in 2010, but partly because Robinson is so crazy. (If you'll recall, he jumped teammate Malik Rose in the shower over an unpaid bet on a Seahawks game.) Says Isola:
More importantly, Robinson managed to stay out of trouble. In the Knicks' previous two games Robinson picked up technical fouls; against the Suns he was cited for leaving the bench to taunt Amare Stoudemire. That childish act, which could have resulted in an ejection, prompted D'Antoni to remark: "To be honest with you, that's why you don't have concealed weapons, 'cause I'd have shot him at that point."
Against Memphis, right after Robinson had been called for a foul, he pushed Kyle Lowry to the floor. It was a borderline dirty play, not unlike Robinson's bizarre decision to leap into Shaquille O'Neal's chest in anticipation of a pass that was never thrown Wednesday night.
The thing is, it's this feistiness that makes fans love him. Robinson brings an enthusiasm and sense of theater that few in the league possess. He provides a vicarious thrill to self-perceived underdog spectators every time he picks a fight with someone a head taller or attempts to dunk on a 7-footer.
As the article states, "some opposing general managers doubt that the Knicks would deal one of their most popular players." Robinson's a great performer, one that deserves to be on a grand stage. (Also, D'Antoni's offense is perfect for him.) Here's hoping he stays in New York.