Boston Celtics’ Nate Robinson Securing a Job
June 11, 2010 27 Comments
Distraction, immature, selfish, attention hog, circus act,. These are just a few of the things that supposedly describe Nate Robinson. However, in the 2010 NBA playoffs, 5 foot 9 Nate Robinson is doing everything within his power to prove his critics wrong.
The Boston Celtics tied up their series with the Lakers at 2 a piece last night after a 96-89 victory. Powered by their bench, most notably Glen “Big Baby” Davis, the Celtics were able to use a 36 point fourth quarter to lock up the win. The big time play from “Big Baby” is not something new to NBA fans. Through the absence of Kevin Garnett last year, Glen Davis stepped up to play a key role in the Celtics attempts at back-to-back championships.
However, Nate Robinson, an even more unlikely candidate, has also emerged in these playoffs to give the Boston Celtics a major lift. Last night Nate Robinson came off the bench going 4-8 from the field for 12 points as well as 2-4 from beyond the arc. Doc Rivers had enough confidence to keep Robinson on the floor late in the fourth quarter. Robinson hit a floater in the lane with 4:16 to go in the final frame.
Nate Robinson was constantly in and out of coach Mike D’Antoni’s dog house while in New York for his sparkling yet selfish and attention grabbing play. It was thought that Robinson cared more about the attention rather than the team winning. It culminated with D’Antoni taking Robinson out of the rotation for 14 straight games. During this period Nate Robinson and his agent had requested a trade out of New York. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, after being on the bench for almost a month, Robinson came back against the Atlanta Hawks with an astounding 41 points of the bench.
Finally, Nate was granted a trade to the Boston Celtics on February 18th. Robinson wasn’t given full opportunity in Boston either though as Rajon Rondo had already emerged as one of the league’s premier point guards. During the season, Robinson was limited to 14.3 minutes a game.
Before game 6 of the Eastern conference finals Nate Robinson had been all but forgotten. But that all changed as Doc Rivers put him in to deliver a spark to the tail-spinning Celtics. Robinson did not fail to deliver. He finished the game with 13 points, all during the second quarter, allowing the Celtics to once again reach the NBA finals.
Right now the basketball world is focused on two things: The NBA finals and where Lebron James is going to land. Not Nate Robinson. There is no way that the only thing on Nate Robinson’s mind right now is the NBA finals. Even though Nate Robinson has been quiet throughout his tenure with the Boston Celtics he has to have wondered if anyone will give him a legitimate shot to play regularly next season. Nate Robinson knows that, right now, he is playing for another contract and doing a darn good job of it.
Nate Robinson has proved to general managers around the league that he can be put the team’s needs before his own. Everyone knows that Robinson doesn’t mind the spotlight and will jack up shots at will. Performing during the regular season is one thing, performing at key points during the NBA finals is a whole other beast. It’s a fact of life that some people just don’t perform well when the pressure is on, but obviously Nate Robinson is not one of those guys. Nate Robinson should feel so grateful that he got this opportunity to play in the NBA playoffs because if not he might have been unemployed next season.
However, all that has changed now. Despite his past problems, I think it is very likely that someone offers him some sort of multi-year deal that will give him the chance to show he can potentially be a starter or at least a solid 6th man in the NBA.
Personally, I love Nate Robinson as a player. He is just so much fun to watch because he has absolutely no conscious, which means he could go off at anytime. Like JR Smith, Nate Robinson is one of those high risk, high reward guys. You just never know what you’re going to get. The bottom line though is that he is going to have his games where he lights up the score sheet, as long as he is given adequate minutes, which is why I would take the risk of signing him. Even during the 14 game benching this past year, he said all the right things. Then, when he wasn’t getting an opportunity in Boston, you didn’t hear a peep out of him. He is not going to be a distraction anymore. On a less important note, if you are more of a bottom feeder team having trouble getting fans out to games, he is going to bring in a certain amount of fans.
How can you not take a chance on a guy who 2 years ago averaged 17 points a game coming off the bench on a bad team? Now that he’s proved he can compete with elite competition in crunch time all I see is a tremendous amount of upside to a truly electric player.
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