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Nate Robinson? Nice try, Danny

Posted by Bill Koch on February 18, 2010

Nate Robinson

Danny Ainge must be trying to sweep the skills competitions at next year’s NBA All-Star Weekend.

That’s the only logic that Ainge could be using to justify trading Eddie House to the dreadful New York Knicks for Nate Robinson. Bringing in the slam dunk champion to join Paul Pierce, this year’s 3-point shootout winner, must be Ainge’s idea of a dynasty. It certainly doesn’t involve winning any more championships, because the Boston Celtics won’t be doing that anytime soon unless Ainge can add someone more valuable to their roster.

For all of his faults, like complete invisibility on the defensive end and very average ball handling skills, House gave the Celtics instant offense off the bench and accepted his role. He knew that he wasn’t going to start ahead of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen or Pierce when he came to Boston and didn’t make waves. House was an important part of winning Banner 17 thanks to his ability to stretch opposing defenses with his seemingly unlimited range and took pressure off of Pierce and Boston’s players in the paint like Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins.

Robinson behaved like the anti-House during his time with the Knicks, and his addition to the Celtics could disrupt the team’s fragile chemistry. He allegedly got into two separate fights with teammates Jerome James and Malik Rose during his rookie season in New York and hasn’t grown up at all since then. Robinson got into a brawl with J.R. Smith during a game against the Denver Nuggets in 2006, earning himself a 10-game suspension, and was benched for 14 games earlier this season after a falling out with New York coach Mike D’Antoni. Robinson’s meddling agent, the shameless Aaron Goodwin, seized the opportunity to force an extortion attempt down the Knicks’ throats in the form of a trade or a buyout of Robinson’s contract. His shoot-first, me-first attitude doesn’t seem to mesh with Celtics’ philosophy of ubuntu.

Robinson is the 3 at the corner of the bar who looks in the mirror, thinks he/she is a 9 and will only talk to 14s. Even when last call is coming, some 8s are hitting on Robinson and it looks like he’s about to overachieve dramatically, he still holds out for at least a 10 and ends up throwing a temper tantrum when he gets in his car and goes home alone. His contract is up at the end of this season, giving the Celtics some instant cap relief, but the damage that Robinson could potentially do on the floor to their current season can’t be quantified. The good news in Boston? Red Sox pitchers and catchers reported today.

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2 Responses to “Nate Robinson? Nice try, Danny”

  1. Steve G. said

    That last paragraph was great, and kind of sums up my feelings on the deal. Robinson is probably a slight upgrade on House on offense, since he can do more than just shoot 3s, but he definitely has the potential to throw a fit and screw up the entire second unit.

  2. lambpizza said

    Enjoy Nate. He’ll win you a game that you shouldn’t and then turn around and lose you five that you might have won. Pity the Knicks, we got a bunch of free coupons and a crappy team. Coupons good for hoping that we get max free agents come July. I’ll take door number 4.

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