This post was written by Zach Krantz from WQAM in Miami. Nate Robinson had his best season in the NBA last year under new head coach Mike D’Antoni. He averaged 17.2 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and almost 30 minutes per game. Nate firmly established himself in the Knicks rotation, yet had problems getting the big contract he was seeking. On Friday, Robinson re-signed with the New York Knicks, a one year deal worth reportedly for $4 million to $5 million.
Nate needed a season like the last one because he was more known for his slam dunk contest antics then he was his basketball skills. Nate flowed great in the run and gun offense that D’Antoni brought to New York. He became a spark of the bench for NY and has always been a fan favorite in the Garden. David Lee was also resigned to a one year deal; he and Nate were the most productive players for the Knicks last season. Both these moves were made to stay competitive for the upcoming season and to make cap room for next summer, Knicks president Donnie Walsh said the team will have more than $20 million in salary-cap space available for the summer of 2010, the summer of Lebron, Wade and Bosh.
Nate Robinson joined WFAN in New York and talked about the upcoming season, about re-signing with the Knicks for one year, the new defensive mentality of the Knicks and the young guys on the roster.
Asked about the expectations of the Knicks in the upcoming season:
“Just a lot of excitement, playing hard as usual. Unfortunately the last couple years our record didn’t speak for anything, last year was the best year we probably had. Just being around a group of guys that collectively we just love each other as brothers, the coaching staff was to perfection they helped us out a lot. Every guy individually got better. We just had a good spirit and that’s something we have now early beginning our second year with this coaching staff. And I just feel like this could be our year, just to have a better year.”
Asked if he was disappointed he didn’t find a long term deal this summer:
“Not me, not personally. My agent, they did a good job working with the Knicks and the Knicks did a good job working with us. I just love to play the game of basketball, you know I would play the game for free if there was no one getting paid, and I just love the game.”
Knicks have struggled defensively, asked if they Knicks would play defense this season”
“We got Jordan Hill, great shot blockers that are going to contest a lot of shots. A lot of guys are working including myself at defense, picking up at full court. You know Toney Douglas is a great guy, he is young, the young rookie can play both sides of the ball. It going to be fun to watch our team this year.”