Storyline: Nate Robinson Free Agency

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Nate Robinson is still trying to make his NBA comeback. The 33-year-old guard, who hasn’t played in the league since October of 2015, has been using social media to remind LeBron James and others that he wants another chance and is more than ready. So far, he hasn’t been signed, but he has posted impressive videos of himselfdunking and impressive photos of how fit he is.

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The Knicks, he thinks, could use him too. He spent five seasons there at the start of his career until he fell out of the rotation and demanded a trade in 2010. He ended up in Boston, but remains bitter about how his stint ended; New York Daily News writer Frank Isola reported at the time that team officials were pleased with the trade in part because “the locker room is no longer as loud as it once was.”

He swears, again and again, that this is only about the love of the game. “I’m not a money guy,” he said. “If basketball in the NBA was free, I was still play. If the NFL was free, I’d play. Just because I love to play the game. Financially, it’s for my family, for my kids. It’s not really for me, I don’t care about the fame. I would still play. Even if it’s soccer, I would play.” His NBA contracts were worth $23 million, but he’s not living in a penthouse apartment – or anything else that passes for luxury in southern Delaware. Instead, he spent the season in the housing provided for the players from the team, and eventually lucked out: His roommate, Shawn Long, got called up in March and Robinson had the house to himself.

If you don’t land a spot in the NBA, where would you like to play? Nate Robinson: Either Europe or China. I’ll hopefully sign something in the next couple of weeks and get out of here. I can’t wait. I’m excited to play basketball, no matter where I’m playing. And I got six or seven more years I want to play. But after basketball, I’ll probably do commentating, you know being on TV, and things like that. I worked out with the 76ers last week, and I was waiting on a 10-day [contact], but they gave it to someone else. So I’m just going to wait and see if other teams want to give me a chance, and if not, I’ll go overseas. Because I know I can help a team. What I bring to the table, I can help a lot of teams in the league.

After Nate Robinson’s workout with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month, coach Pete Carroll called the ex-NBA player’s attempt to play in the NFL “all but impossible.” But that hasn’t stopped Robinson from continuing to do on-field work with hopes of getting a look. He has been training recently with former Arkansas State wide receiver Dwayne Frampton. “It’s as hard as you could possibly get,” Carroll said. “He’s 32 as well. I don’t know if anybody could do it. But if anybody could, it might be Nate. He’s that versatile an athlete and that great a competitor.”
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