Tommy has said since day one that he doesn't believe that Nate will be here for 2009-2010, and I have maintained the opinion that Walsh will at least consider the idea of bringing Nate back, at a reasonable price, considering he is an extremely undersized two guard who plays no defense. But after Nate went on a tear after the all-star break, I looked at him as not only the leading candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award, but a part of the Knicks long term plans. Not anymore. Ignoring the fact that he's shooting 26% from the field in April, Nate has simply played with no passion.
That's the opposite of what Nate Robinson is doing. Dumb fouls, terrible shot selection, lackluster defense. You can see it when you watch him, he either doesn't care or he's just worn out. Against Detroit he shot 2-13, missed all four of his three pointers, and his lack of aggressiveness shows in his 0 attempted free throws. There's no chance he is on this team this year. When he doesn't shoot well, he has very little value. We can basically say goodbye to Nate Robinson.
"The Knicks' brass is keeping an eye on not just who plays hard but who quits, not just who competes but who capitulates. Walsh had no problem picking out the one thing he's searching for this week.
"Yeah, keep playing," Walsh said. "If you don't keep playing, I have a problem with that. Guys should try to win every game. That's what I think, and I have a problem with guys who don't do that. I've appreciated almost the whole year -- with some exceptions -- the effort. The coaching's been great. But we're missing elements that help you become a good team."
In regards to the lottery, Chad Ford now has the Knicks selecting James Harden or Willie Warren with the 8th overall pick depending on who picks before them.