Nate Robinson: Hot Stove Player of the Week

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IFebruary 20, 2009

This week we watched Alex Rodriguez come up with another tall tale.

I can’t wait to hear what he makes up next week.

He’s also one of a long line of Yankees who throw their family members under the bus when concocting their steroids defense.

Roger Clemens implicated his wife, Andy Pettitte dragged his father into his story, and now A-Roid has his cousin along for the ride.

This week’s prize for the Hot Stove Player of the Week: You get to borrow a Yankee family member for a day to take the blame for something bad that you did.


Nate Robinson

The little guy is the first two-time Hot Stove Player of the Week, though he didn’t have much competition this time around. He won the Slam Dunk contest last weekend, beating out Dwight “Superman” Howard, and even dunked over Biff on the Late Show With David Letterman last night.

Robinson led the Knicks to a rare win over an elite team when he poured in 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an overtime victory over the Spurs. Commenting on the guard’s erraticism, coach Mike D’Antoni said, “The best thing about Nate is he can get a shot anytime he wants. The worst thing is he can get a shot anytime he wants.”

Runners Up

Donnie Walsh

The Jerome James era is over. The Knicks GM actually managed to unload the worst free agent in New York (all of sports?) history. That’s cause for applause right there.

He didn’t have to jettison David Lee or Nate Robinson to do it, and picked up a couple of guys who can help the team in the short run without hurting the salary cap.

Brad Van Pelt

The former Giants linebacker and member of the “Crunch Bunch” died of a heart attack this week at the much-too-young age of 57. He played on Big Blue for 11 seasons, and made five Pro Bowls while the team was in their lovable loser period. He also wore the No. 10, which he was allowed to do because he was listed as the backup kicker. So long, Brad, we’ll miss you.

Schmuck of the Week

Glen Sather

Sure, the Rangers won their last game, against the lowly Islanders, but it happened because of a gift goal let in by Yann Danis. They still can’t score, but the team’s main problem is that it’s so poorly constucted.

And that’s all on Glen Sather. There’s a long list of bad signings, and he has the team in salary cap hell. Does he have any idea what he’s doing anymore?

Maybe Donnie Walsh should take over. He can give Wade Redden the Stephon Marbury treatment.