(Robinson in his Washington days, dealing with the Oregon chapter of his fan club)
Having learned little from the public dressing down of Stephon Marbury, Knicks coach Larry Brown has turned his attention to the erratic play of rookie Nate Robinson. From the NY Post’s Marc Berman.
Brown’s displeasure with Thomas’ imbalanced roster came into play again in Wednesday’s 108-95 loss in Charlotte. “We got to figure out what we could do with the [lack of] depth we have right now at the perimeter,” Brown said.
Brown is losing his patience with Robinson, who spelled Marbury Wednesday when Marbury got into foul trouble in the first quarter. Of his many miscues in trying to run the offense, Robinson stepped out of bounds as he brought the ball up court under pressure.
Brown said bluntly afterward, “He’s not a point guard. Right now he’s a highlight film.”
Robinson was a combo guard at fast-paced Washington. “We had more of a run-and-gun team like Phoenix,” Robinson said. “We tried to push guys to play at the pace we play at. Learning the point guard role is something new. In Washington anybody could bring it up any time. It’s different now, bringing it up, running every play.”
Brown’s frustration with Robinson began in the preseason opener. On his opening possession, Robinson tossed the ball off the backboard seeking to dunk it. Brown yanked him and told him if he ever did that again, he’ll never play again.
“I get tired of hearing ‘my fault, my bad,’ ” Brown said. “But you got to keep demanding it.”
Berman, along with Newsday’s Greg Logan, suggest that Brown covets Charlotte’s Brevin Knight.
Knight’s name has been mentioned in trade speculation along with Cleveland’s Eric Snow and Denver’s Earl Watson as possible Knicks targets. Snow played for Brown in Philadelphia and maintains regular contact with him. He’s a starter, but the Cavaliers also signed free agent Damon Jones last summer. Knight is in a similar situation as a vulnerable starter because the Bobcats drafted point guard Raymond Felton.
“Being from New Jersey, everybody from home is calling me and asking me about it,” said Knight, who is from Livingston, N.J., and attended Seton Hall Prep in East Orange. “They hear my name on the radio and see my name in the paper. I’m flattered if the Knicks think that much of me and that’s a consideration. But I like my position here and the things I see in the future for this organization.”
It’s one thing for Phil Jackson to say he’d rather work for his girlfriend’s dad and kiss up to Kobe than take Chuck Dolan’s money. But when members of the Charlotte Bobcats talk about their team having a future instead of lobbying for a trade to the Knicks, I’m afraid a new low has been reached.