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Warriors sign Nate Robinson to 1-year deal

Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:10 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 8:48 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernate-robinson

The NBA's diminutive dunk champion has found a new home in Northern California.

The Contra Costa Times reported on Tuesday that 5-foot-9 guard Nate Robinson, a 3-time winner of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest, is set to sign with the Golden State Warriors this week. Robinson reportedly could join coach Mark Jackson's team in time for a Friday night game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

SI.com confirmed the move, saying the deal will be worth approximately $1 million, pending a medical physical.

Update: InsideHoops.com reports that the Warriors officially announced the signing on Wednesday, noting that Robinson will wear jersey No. 2 and will be available for the Lakers game on Friday. Contract terms were not released.

An explosive talent who brings athleticism and energy off the bench, Robinson, 27, has seen his career take an interesting swerve over the last year. He was traded by the Boston Celtics to the Thunder at last year's trade deadline, but barely played after the trade. Back in June, Robinson was cited for public urination and, during the lockout, he asked Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll if he could try out for the NFL team. To make matters worse, former Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal called out Robinson in his recent autobiography for his antics and obsession with Twitter. 

The buttoned-down Thunder simply had no use for distractions and, perhaps more importantly, no readily available minutes for Robinson. A loaded backcourt rotation,  featuring All-Star Russell Westbrook, breakout sixth man James Harden, Eric Maynor, Thabo Sefalosha, Daequan Cook and the up-and-coming Reggie Jackson, led the team to arrange a buy out of Robinson's contract in December.

Golden State isn't exactly lacking in perimeter talent, either, but Robinson will definitely be able to find minutes in a reserve role. The Warriors currently have new aquisition Brandon Rush and rookies Klay Thompson and Ish Smith behind starters Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Robinson likely plugs in as the fourth guard then, assuming everyone is healthy. He could even step into the starting point guard role if Curry is sidelined due to injury by continuing ankle problems.

Robinson's career numbers: 11.3 points, 2.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Warriors sign Nate Robinson to 1-year deal

I hope he can concentrate on doing what he needs to do.  Too many of his homies will be around him since he is from the bay area.  There are a lot of distractions in the bay.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:47 am
 

Warriors sign Nate Robinson to 1-year deal

i thought when i read that. that the guy is probably of average height for the rest of the world. but in a league of tall guys. 5 9 seems diminuative.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:33 am
 

Reports: Warriors to sign Nate Robinson

This may give robinson a chance to get his nba career back on track. Mark Jackson will help him get it together or he will be out the league. Robinson just needs to focus on basketball and getting better and helping his new team win ball games. And Shaq needs to shut up with all his distractions and just worry about his after nba career. He was full of drama himself and he needs to lay off the kid and just worry about his own business and focus on learning how to talk and do his new job on TNT. As it stands he looks like a no talking outcast and he needs to work on his speech and learn to be a media guy. Charles and Kenny has it down but shaq is horrible and in my opinion they need to let him go!


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