HoopsHype Nate Robinson rumors

May 14, 2013 Updates

After such a season of thrills, Nate Robinson's likely final home game as a Bull featured him missing all 12 shots with four turnovers. He is the just third player in the last 26 years to miss all 12 or more shots in a playoff game. "Nate's a tough guy," Thibodeau said. "He'll bounce back." Chicago Tribune

After carrying the Bulls for weeks, Robinson finally crumbled under the weight of the offensive burden. Remember how hot he was in the triple-overtime win against Nets? Robinson met the other extreme in likely his final appearance on the same floor, going 0-for-12 with four turnovers. Criticize Robinson for an awful game, but remember he also represents the main reason the Bulls still are playing. "I just didn't make no shots,'' Robinson said, icing his injured shoulder. "We have another crack at it. You never know. I might go 12-for-12.'' Chicago Tribune

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Mohammed said he'd be "shocked" if his shove of the Heat's LeBron James that led to Mohammed's second- quarter ejection Friday draws a suspension. The Bulls felt James embellished Mohammed's shove, with Thibodeau even calling it a flop. "Nazr is a quiet guy. My father always told me the quiet ones are who you have to worry about," Nate Robinson said of Mohammed's toughness. "I wouldn't put it past Nazr to move him out. Nazr is a great guy." Chicago Tribune

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We can only speculate what his role would be in Chicago next season if he resigns with the Bulls, which will have Derrick Rose back, but you can expect a number of other teams to consider Robinson on a multi-year deal. Teams like Dallas and Detroit could be in the market for a veteran guard who can handle the ball and score, but that will be much clearer after the NBA draft in June, when Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams are expected to both be selected in the first 14 picks. Other teams like Portland and Phoenix with money to spend and the need for guard depth could also be suitors. ESPN.com

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After Robinson took exception to Watson trying to clear space for himself by swinging his arm out in Robinson’s direction, Robinson grabbed Watson and drove him into the scorer’s table, where they had to be separated by the referees. Robinson picked up a personal foul on the play, and both were assessed technical fouls, as well. “He pushed me, and I was holding him so I wouldn’t fall into the table,” said Watson, who said he was confused about what he did to earn a technical foul. “It was nothing.” When Watson was asked if he thought it was a cheap shot by Robinson, he made it clear how he feels about his counterpart. “I mean, that’s in his character, so that doesn’t surprise me,” Watson said. New York Post

April 27, 2013 Updates

"He's a character now," Thibodeau said of his diminutive, shot-happy backup guard. "I had a good understanding of who he is from my experience with him in Boston. You've got to take the whole package, and the good outweighs the bad." Robinson accepts Thibodeau, the stern coach who seldom smiles in front of news reporters, for whom he is, too. "Everybody knows coach is a drill sergeant. But he has a heart, somewhere in there. I know he does," Robinson said. USA Today Sports

Nate Robinson scored 23 points in the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ Saturday playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets, leading Chicago to a comeback and forcing overtime at the United Center. This would be impressive on its own, but that number is just one point shy of the Bulls’ franchise record for points in the fourth quarter of a playoff game. Who holds that record? Some guy named Michael Jordan. MJ did it on May 12, 1990, against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Jordan’s performance was not enough to prevent the Sixers, led by current TNT analyst Charles Barkley, from winning the game. Nate did this to give the Bulls a lead at the end of overtime: For The Win

Nate Robinson scored 23 points in the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ Saturday playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets, leading Chicago to a comeback and forcing overtime at the United Center. This would be impressive on its own, but that number is just one point shy of the Bulls’ franchise record for points in the fourth quarter of a playoff game. Who holds that record? Some guy named Michael Jordan. For The Win

April 23, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson doesn't hide his dislike for the Brooklyn Nets' C.J. Watson. In fact, Robinson views it as a positive. "We're just competitors," Robinson said Monday after helping the Bulls even their Eastern Conference quarterfinals at a game apiece. "I don't like him, he don't like me. That's how it's going to be. There's animosity between the two of us, and for us, that's good." ESPN.com

April 14, 2013 Updates

The 5-foot-9 Robinson must have known that a jump ball with 6-foot-9 Raptors forward Rudy Gay was a lost cause. So he didn't even try to contest. Instead, he ran behind Gay after the referee threw the ball into the air, caught Gay's tip, and took a shot. Pretty genius, right? Well, no. The problem with Robinson's plan is that the NBA's rulebook forbids either player participating in a jump ball from leaving the circle until after the ball is tapped. It also states that one of the eight other players on the court must touch the ball before either jumper is allowed to again. If you didn't know that was a rule, it's probably because you can't remember a time when it's ever had to be enforced. You're not alone. So thanks for that, Nate. USA Today Sports

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