Monday , Mar , 09 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Larry Brown Now a Fan of Nate Robinson

In his one season coaching the Knicks, Larry Brown rode a rookie named Nate Robinson like nobody before. He called him a "highlight reel" and mocked him when he won the 2006 Slam Dunk title.

But Brown’s preaching ultimately made Robinson better. Robinson, who returned to the lineup last after a one-game absence due to a sprained ankle and scored 20 points in the 114-105 loss to the Bobcats, still credits Brown for teaching him more than any coach in the NBA.

Yesterday, Brown returned the favor and said Robinson should be considered for Sixth Man of the Year. Robinson is averaging 17.6 ppg in 30 minutes per game. He has started just seven times.

"They vote for Sixth Man of the Year, you have to consider him," Brown said last night before his Bobcats faced the Knicks at the Garden. "Especially if you make the playoffs, which is a pretty significant thing."