Throughout an eight-year NBA career, Nate Robinson has started to channel his inner Rodney Dangerfield, because he “can’t get no respect.”
The 5’9” spark plug guard is playing for his fifth NBA team since 2010. Over that span, he’s played for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls. The 28-year-old is no stranger to being traded, because he was even shipped away on draft day when the Phoenix Suns drafted him 21st overall in 2005.
Robinson has never seemed to gain favor with coaches throughout his career, which is a major reason why he hasn’t carved a steady niche with one NBA team. With that said, Robinson is an extremely talented player who can score points in bunches.
Even the often-ornery Tom Thibodeau seemed to soften his stance on Robinson following a 34-point outburst against the Brooklyn Nets, which included a whopping 23 fourth-quarter points.
According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, coach Thibs said, “He’s a character now. I had a good understanding of who he is from my experience with him in Boston. You’ve got to take the whole package, and the good outweighs the bad.”
The trigger-happy Robinson added a colorful quote of his own, saying, “Everybody knows coach is a drill sergeant. But he has a heart, somewhere in there. I know he does.”
With Derrick Rose still sidelined following surgery to repair a torn ACL, the Bulls need contributions from all over the roster, and Robinson has given Chicago a huge spark.
As long as the Bulls keep winning, there will be a lot of smiling in the Chicago locker room.