Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  32 responses

Nate Robinson Wants to Change His Reputation Around the NBA

Having agreed to a buyout from the OKC Thunder, Nate Robinson is stuck in no-man’s land for the time being, but he wants decision-makers around the NBA to know that his reputation isn’t entirely accurate. From SI: “Nate Robinson has a request for general managers who might consider adding him to their roster next week when he’s likely to become a free agent: don’t judge a book by its cover. And in the case of Shaquille O’Neal’s recently released, Shaq Uncut: My Story, which portrays Robinson as a jokester more obsessed with his public persona than the decline of his career, the 5-foot-9 guard who is still best known for his three All-Star Slam Dunk Contest championships would be just fine if people skipped this particular book altogether. ‘Everybody on the Celtics knows who created every skit, every prank, that we did — it was all my man Shaq’s idea,’ Robinson, who was with Boston from Feb. 2010 to Feb. 2011, told SI.com via phone on Saturday. ‘We did it together. He wanted to say that, and it’s fine. But when it’s game time and I’m ready to play, then I’m ready to play. That’s something where I have to work to change people’s mind and prove to them that it’s not true. It is what it is. One good outlook of it is that I’m going to always be in that book. … Some people say some things that are not always right, and life’s not fair.’ After his buyout from Oklahoma City was finalized on Saturday and he’s on his way to yet another new stop, Robinson is determined to dispel the prevailing notion that he’s too sophomoric to sign. What was once a refreshing comedy act in those early years in New York has become his latest stigma, with some teams forgetting how explosive of a scorer and shooter he can be while focusing on the antics that have the potential to both doom and define him. As Robinson sees it, the reputation that has caused some wariness about him around the league him is off base. ‘I’m a fun and loving type of guy and always a positive person who’ll be trying to make people smile and laugh, and people take that as being a little kid and being silly,’ said Robinson. ‘This whole situation has definitely humbled me as a person and as a player. I just feel like, at times, I really don’t get that fair shot, like some other guys in the league, but I guess that’s my path. … I’ll continue to work hard.’”

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  • JR

    I definitely want to see Nate get a good shot at contributing in the NBA. Can the Heat sign him? That would be cool.

  • truthteller

    What if Nate went to the Lakers or even the Bulls!

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    ^same here. if you watched what he did for the Celtics in the 2010 playoffs you know he has a huge upside.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    as far as on-ball defenders go he’s top 5 in the league at his position, by all accounts a great teammate, the life of the bench…it really is beyond me why he’s consistently kept in the ‘doghouse’

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    He’d be huge for the Lakers, really would be an ounce of life….they look like dead men walking at times….just wonder what they’d have to give up for him

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …Steve Blake would be too much

  • Johnny

    Havent quick, mobile point guards been the Lakers Achilles heal for the last few years? Seems like the perfect fit…a spark plug who can chase Lawson, Paul, Westbrook…around

  • jose

    I think someone on another thread said He would replace JJ barea pretty nicely. . though as a heat fan, i don’t want him going to Big D

  • Yesse

    I don’t know how people think Nate has a ruined reputation. To me he has always been a solid point guard. I was kinda surprised, that Thunder didnt give him the same opportunities, that Knicks or Celtics did.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    People are just too uptight. They think n=because he jokes around that he doesn’t take the game serious but Nate is one of the most gifted scorers in the league when he’s on. I can’t believe Shaq of all people would call out Nate on his silliness.

  • jimmythesaint67

    saw @NateRobb play in Rondo’s Charity Classic.. He could not be stopped by Rondo and those two were mad competitive .. range to 35′ easy .. and he loves the dirty work – NO ONE wants to be guarded by a hungry mosquitp! Blessings & Best of Luck – Nate deserves a back up ring – DRose would be made UP!

  • T-Money

    I was surprised that OKC let him go. Arewe sure that!aynor is better than him?

  • MikeK13

    Then pass the ball!!!!!

  • http://slam.online house

    Agreed, Nate in Chi-town would be a great fit, he always seems so hungry when he is on the court.


    Yeah. Hungry to clown like hell. When i think of Nate i think about that dive he missed on P.P.’s back. LOL to this day

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    If he could have developed into a better passing guard instead of a Shooting Guard in a dwarfs body…

  • SikhWitIt

    Don’t tell me convicted felons can come back and get another shot but a fun loving sportsmen like Nate can’t? This man is a great basketball player. Somebody sign him! I don’t have confidence the Lakers will, given the dumbass moves they’ve pulled lately. Bulls? Celtics? Dallas? Would be a good replacement for Barrea…

  • http://slamonline.com BossTerry

    I know he can fly, shoot at opponent’s goal, and urinate outdoors.

  • didigra

    freeing another slot in boston and definitely he’ll get back playing behind rondo in the pg position

  • http://slamonline.com BossTerry

    i love to touch little boys

  • http://slamonline.com BossTerry

    Real mature @ 7:11… Karma gets a-holes like you… Hope you catch an illness.

  • David

    Join the Lakers Nate..they’ll receive you with open arms & they’ll give you a chance..(:

  • riggs

    @didigra: Doc doesnt want any immature players anymore.


    Nate Should aim for The Nets…He was a fan favorite here in NY, and coming back via BK would be a good look…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Dallas would be a perfect fit for him.

  • Mike From Spain

    Wants and what you get are often not the same thing…

  • shutup

    So no one saw him get cracked by JJ last year? Hope he lands on his feet, but his slam dunk contest wins are tainted in my mind too (too many attempts) and D Howard let him have the last one by standing there and letting him jump over him, would Dominique ever do that for jordan?

  • at riggs

    if doc doesn’t want any immature players, WTF is KG still doing on the roster?

  • J.R

    Knicks should sign him instead of that dude from Harvard. I dont know where this bad reputation came from, I think Mike D’Antoni started it. I remember he had Nate on the bench for 10 plus games and then he let him play against the Hawks and he dropped 40. He would be a perfect fit for the Knicks that could play 1 and 2.

  • Devonte

    Nate Robinson & Eddie House need to go to Boston and sign 2years 6 million. Boston lost 3 straight games and they need a deeper bench. Nate and Eddie can score and defend off the bench so Danny Ainge need to be calling or tweetin those guys right now. Doc Rivers depend on Rondo and didn`t realize Nate had over 5 30 points games in New York 2 years a go he can play. Eddie House is a shooter who can lead the C`

  • D coley

    Nate was a favorite in new York was traded because Thomas
    Hired him Nate Robison was good fun for the fans & a good point
    Guard I hope that he will be pickup so he can come back and destroy
    Dantoni the alway trade the good player

  • Clarke mason

    I am a UW Husky basketball fan with deep roots extending back into the 1960s. Nate Robinson is an overcomer and the comments that have been made about him will only motivate him. Having proven himself on several teams and displaying extraordinary dribbling and shooting skills at the highest level of the sport, I know that at his age, he will come back. He’s going to learn from this and be better than ever. I am a fan of the little guy, even though I am only one inch taller. :O) Waiting for you Nate! I grew up in the Seattle area in the Franklin High School hood, and love my Seattle guys.