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NBA: Robinson’s agent demands Knicks trade

December 20, 2009

Nate Robinson‘s agent revealed Saturday that he has asked the Knicks to trade his client, who has been buried on Mike D’Antoni’s bench for eight straight games. “I can’t allow Nate to rot on Mike’s bench and not do anything about it. I can’t allow this to happen to his career,” Aaron Goodwin told the Daily News in a telephone interview. “It’s clear that Mike D’Antoni doesn’t want to play him.”

Robinson’s diminished role has been a brewing controversy since D’Antoni first benched the point guard against the Magic on Dec.2, a game the Knicks lost, 118-104, in Orlando. But it may not be the only personnel problem on the coach’s hands.

“When he says that he’d play Satan to help him win, I don’t know what type of message he’s trying to convey,” Goodwin said. “But clearly this is personal.”

The 5-8 Robinson, a two-time slam dunk champion, is a fan favorite at the Garden. But some of his antics have been a source of frustration for Knicks coaches past and present. Even Chris Duhon complained after the second game of the season that players were fooling around – and even dancing – during pregame warmups. Duhon didn’t mention Robinson by name, but D’Antoni has cited Robinson for his poor preparation and silly behavior.

I’m going to continue to try and be ready if my name is ever called, and just go from there. I’m happy we won, I’ll just leave it at that,” Curry said Saturday afternoon at the Knicks’ practice facility in Greenburgh. “Nobody is ever happy not playing at all. …I stopped trying to understand things and I just kind of roll with the punches.”

New York Daily News

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