Monday , Jan , 26 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Nate Robinson’s Temper Causing Problems in NY?

The look that Mike D’Antoni gave Nate Robinson on Friday was not unlike the faces Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas would occasionally make toward the Knicks’ diminutive, energetic and volatile guard.

Robinson has that effect on people, especially his head coaches. Brown once lobbied Thomas to send the then-rookie to the D-League. Malik Rose nearly got into a fistfight with Robinson in the shower a few years ago. As for D’Antoni, he merely wanted to wring Robinson’s neck during the first quarter of the Knicks’ 108-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

D’Antoni was upset with the backup guard for two reasons: not only had Robinson already picked up a technical foul but he was working on a second, which would have led to an automatic ejection. It reached the point where veteran NBA official Joey Crawford warned D’Antoni to calm Robinson down.