Now the title sounds negative, and it kind of is but it kind of isn’t. We all remember last year with the debacle that was occuing in New York between Stephon Marbury and the Knicks. Marbury wanted nothing less than to bought out of his contract so he could move on. He made the announcement one day that everyone would be very surprised with where he would end up. To me, and probably every other fan, that meant the Celtics or Lakers.
His time in a Celtic uniform was plagued by disappointing results. We didn’t really know what to expect from him, but expected a guard who could distribute, and get to the rim. Although he never really made the team great, he never distracted anything either. The chemistry in the locker room remained despite the presence of what some would call a cancer. His one spark of brilliance came in a playoff game against the Magic where the Celtics were down big late, but he strung together a good few minutes of basketball to bring the Celtics back, in a game that they won.
Since his time with the team, he has been a complete bum. All summer he was sitting in front of his computer on UStream. At first it appeared he was just doing it for the fans, in a session where people would ask him questions, but then it turned into a mess. He did everything from admitting drug use, to eating Vaseline. Then as the season grew near, he lashed out at Paul Pierce calling his game “old”.
Overall Rating on New York Trash Take 1: Neutral to Fail
Now the Celtics have acquired Nate Robinson in a very controversial trade. This trade sent Eddie House, JR Giddens, and Billy Walker to the Knicks. This is taking away 2 young, up and coming talents, plus a sharp shooter who the fans love, for a big question mark.
The Knicks head coach (Mike D’Antoni) doesn’t like Robinson and would barely play him this year. A lot of the disagreements between the player and coach were finalized after Robinson shot the ball at the wrong basket after the whistle. This sat Robinson on the bench for a period of time, after which he came in during a game against Atlanta and dropped 41 points after sitting out for 14 straight games.
The 25-year-old can play, there is no question about it. The bigguest questions are: 1) Where is his head? and 2) Will he play any defense? Both of these questions will be answered through time, but for now we have to understand Robinson has been stuck in the DUMP that is New York. (Which by the way is a shame we have to drop off Eddie/JR/Walker in that situation) Because of that, I think his attitude while playing basketball for the Knicks can not be put on how he will play in Boston.
Overall Rating on New York Trash Take 2: Unknown – Only time will tell if he even is “trash”.
Nate has my attention and I will be a fan of him until he messes things up (if he ever does).
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