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2011 Free Agency, NBA / Dec 26, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Nate Robinson: “One Team’s Trash Is Another Team’s Treasure”

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson (photo. Matt Brown)

As you can imagine, everyone at Dime HQ doesn’t always agree on everything. And this is particularly the case when it comes projecting a player’s future. We all think we have what it takes to be an NBA GM, and we’ll go to bat for the players we believe in. But if there’s one player that sticks out from the pack from endless debates on Broadway, it’s Nate Robinson.

Being located in New York, we were able to see Nate from the moment he entered the League back in 2005 on the world’s most famous stage. While we saw his mistakes and flaws as he climbed his way up the learning curve, we also saw one of the most explosive scorers on the planet. The fact that 5-9 Seattle native is the NBA’s only three-time slam dunk champion shouldn’t be seen as a gimmick. Make no mistake, he can play.

Remember, this is a guy who averaged 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals in only 29.9 minutes per game during the 2008-09 season. And now, at 27 years old entering the prime of his career, Robinson somehow finds himself looking for another shot.

“One team’s trash is another team’s treasure,” Robinson told SI.com’s Sam Amick on Saturday. “With whatever team that I land on they know they’re going to get everything out of me. I’m going to come to practice early – first one there, last one to leave.

“I work hard every day, practice every day and play hard in games whether it’s one minute, 10 minutes, 30 minutes or 40 minutes. … I’m going to always cheer for my teammates, as everybody sees all the time. I’ll be the first guy off the bench, congratulating my guys or picking them up off the floor – doing everything a player is supposed to do.”

Unlike free agents such as Michael Redd and Erick Dampier who are still looking for a team, Robinson could have sat contently at the end of the Oklahoma City bench and collected the $4.5 million he was owed in the final year of his contract. Who knows, Russell Westbrook or Eric Maynor could have gotten hurt and Robinson would have been able to step in. Instead, he agreed to a buyout on Saturday, and assuming he he clears waivers on Tuesday, he will be able to choose his next team.

I can understand why Nate couldn’t find a spot in the rotation in Boston or Oklahoma City, but there are plenty of teams that should take a chance on him and let him play. How many players do you know can drop 41 off the bench? Twice. I’m going to venture not many.

“This whole situation has definitely humbled me as a person and as a player,” said Robinson. “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.”

Where do you think Robinson will land?

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/djlocdog Loc

    Lakers?
    Knicks?
    Celtics?
    Heat?
    Mavs?
    Spurs?
    So many teams need a hand off the bench

  • stefan

    I pray that he goes back to the Knicks. They really need him there, although they should get a pass first PG. I don’t know how they survived the Celtics in the opener but Douglas and Schumpert should be ashamed of shooting so much in the MSG. They are fucking up the Knicks.. I prefer Melo and Amare to get 30 fg attempts each than those guys messing up my entertainment.

    Nate should have never left NY. Eddie House was also waived… I guess GMs don’t appreciate scorers anymore.

  • Jzsmoove

    Lakers will be very good fit for him. He may be coming off the pine but purists have to admit Robinson has star and charisma written on this guy. Make no mistake, lakers fans will love his hustle and explosiveness for the second unit. The issue I see if Coach Brown is wise enough to let him just play.

  • x0t

    MAVS….fill that barea role

  • beiber newz

    nate gonna be on a team in less than a month. book it.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    After yesterday, I agree that Nate would be a good fit in L.A. for the Lakers’ second unit. Probably even a better fit than Gilbert Arenas.

  • Lee

    Suns backing up Nash and learning.

  • beiber newz

    jzsmoove, we talked about nate in la some time ago, maybe it comes to fruition soon.

  • beiber newz

    or was it franchise? hm someone answered my question about nate being in a laker uni.

  • Robmo35

    D-league. He would fit in well there

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Nate. As bad of a defensive rep as players like Dirk, Nash, or Fisher get, at least they have real NBA size. Nate is like Earl Boykins in a way – they’re good for that offensive spark, but can and will be exposed as NBA midgets on the other end.

    That having been said, he seems like a really good teammate, plus he could definitely pass for 50 Cent, which would make him fun to go out with.

  • well…

    one of my favorite players. I hope he goes somewhere where he can shine.

  • beiber newz

    robmo, in your mom, he fits well in her butt. it stops her old age leaking too

  • http://brokejumper.com/ Brokejumper

    Looks like Dallas could use his help and athleticism.

  • nyk

    would like him back to ny but they need a true PG who can distribute. dallas should be a good fit, like everyone who said so before me.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    Mike Conley doesn’t really have a PG backup in Memphis, but the Grizzlies also have a lot of SG’s in O.J., Sam Young, X-Henry and Tony Allen, so they may feel like they’ve got enough in the backcourt.

    Dallas would be a good fit, as someone said before, filling the role Barea had in the past.