HoopsHype Nate Robinson rumors

March 6, 2014 Updates

Nate Robinson has certainly made the list of the missed. He's around, but not in uniform. The Nuggets' bench has suffered without him. But he'll be back. He promises. Robinson plans to be around at the start of next season. The business end of that means he'll exercise his player option to do so. Robinson signed a two-year deal with the Nuggets last summer, and that second year will pay him $2.1 million in 2014-15. He had never torn an ACL until he did so in January, which knocked him out for the season. So the rehab is all new to him. Denver Post

"Things happen," Robinson said. "God always has a plan for everybody. So, it's just another obstacle that I've got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me, it's going push me to continue to work hard. You can't take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I'm a player that, I love this game. I'm going to come back strong and ready to play." Asked if he'd be ready for training camp in the fall, Robinson said, "Yeah, for sure." His production off the bench has been missed. In 44 games, he averaged 10.4 points in just under 20 minutes and shot 37.7 percent from the 3-point line. Denver Post

February 1, 2014 Updates

The second concerns Robinson. At the beginning of this season he was playing the wait-and-see game as to whether he would pick up the player option for next season, the last in his two-year deal with the Nuggets. That, now, given the surgery and impending rehab, should be a lock. It is a $2.1 million option that he has until June 30 to officially decide on, but the security of knowing he has a year to show teams he’s back and capable of playing at high level will drive this decision. Denver Post

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December 14, 2013 Updates

Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson and Hall of Fame shooting guard Reggie Miller are two superbly confident players with a basketball in their hands. It's no different when they pick up a ping-pong paddle. Robinson and Miller recently squared off in the Nuggets players’ lounge to see who reigned supreme in table tennis. Their match was filmed for a feature on NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff.” NBA.com

December 7, 2013 Updates

Exactly a week after Nate Robinson made comments about being a "target" of NBA referees — an eternity of time to be punished for mere words — the league fined him $25,000. The fine came as a surprise to his head coach, Brian Shaw. "I was actually surprised today when I got notification that he'd gotten fined," Shaw said Friday. "I know that it's something that we've been working with him on, in terms of, I tell him every game, 'Let me deal with the referees, you just play the game.' "But we know he's a fiery competitor and seems to always have to have the last word." Denver Post

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Robinson’s technical came at 6:42 in the fourth quarter with the Nuggets up just five points. Carmelo Anthony made the technical free throw but the Knicks missed a 3-point shot on the ensuing possession, so the Nuggets dodged a four-point swing. Robinson smirked when talking about it. “They hate me, they hate me,” he said. “I don’t know why, but it is what it is. I already know I’ve got the target on my back, but I’ll play through it; I don’t care. I really don’t. It doesn’t bother me none. If I get a call, I get a call. If I don’t, I don’t. If I get a tech, hopefully it’s not in the fourth quarter. Hopefully I don’t get any more. But I know I will. It’s nothing new for me.” Denver Post

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October 26, 2013 Updates

Most everything about Nate Robinson is colorful, including his take on why the Bulls didn't re-sign him after a season filled with singular moments. "Why have Nate Robinson when you have D-Rose?" Robinson, now with the Nuggets, said Friday. Chicago Tribune

While opining that a Derrick Rose-Robinson backcourt "would have been scary," the eight-year veteran has been around long enough to understand the Bulls' decision. "It's a business," he said. "Everybody knew I wanted to come back, but they had other things in mind. They signed a great shooter in (Mike) Dunleavy. They got a good rookie (Tony Snell). They've got a great team. "I miss it. I would be lying if I said that I didn't. ... I had a hell of a year and it was a great run." Chicago Tribune

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If I was in the NFL, I’d probably be at least, like, the first or second DB in the NFL. One, two or three, I’d say, because [Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback] Darrelle] Revis is pretty solid, [Arizona Cardinals corner] Patrick Peterson is pretty solid and you got my man Sherman holding it down. It’d be a tough position, but the level that I was playing football at at the time, I was — you know, it was fun for me and it came pretty easy. [...] And I only gave it a year in college, so for me, it’d be pretty scary to think about, you know, my future in football. If I really gave it my all, and stopped focusing on basketball, and gave everything I had on football, I’d probably be one of the best corners the NFL has ever seen. Yahoo! Sports

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