New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson recently visited P.S. 187 in Brooklyn, along with a few other NBA players, to talk to students about the importance of staying in school.
Unwittingly, he caused a stir.
He was en route to a 12th grade classroom to give his talk when he approached by a teacher, who asked to see his hall pass.
"Why, do I need one?" said the diminutive Robinson, whom the teacher assumed was a student.
"What grade are you in? You know full well you're supposed to have a hall pass when it's not lunch or recess," said the teacher, who reportedly laughed when Robinson said he was a visiting NBA player.
The teacher took Robinson to the principal's office.
"I heard he might have been coming," said the principal, Andre Iguodala, who sent Robinson to detention. "I told him he didn't have 12 chances this time to explain his way out of it."
Iguodala was referring in not-so-subtle fashion to Robinson's final dunk in the 2006 Slam Dunk contest, which Robinson won by a single point.
MSG chairman James Dolan, upon hearing the news, instructed new Knicks president and general manager Donnie Walsh to take swift action.
"Nate got in some off-court trouble, and that's not consistent with our new team philosophy," said Walsh, who announced the team had reached a deal to buy out Robinson.
To address the new vacancy at point guard, the Knicks signed Shawn Bradley to a six-year, $100 million contract.
At this rate, the Knicks will be over the salary cap "for the next 103 years," according to a league executive.
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