Tuesday , Dec , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Source: Nate Robinson Was Benched for Joking around with Dwight Howard

According to a source, the final straw in Nate Robinson’s banishment came in the hour before last Wednesday’s game in Orlando, when Mike D’Antoni caught Robinson yukking it up during the pregame with his slam-dunk contest foil, superstar center Dwight Howard.

That night, Robinson received his first DNP — the first of four straight after receiving another one last night in a 93-84 win over Portland.

According to the source, D’Antoni felt Robinson was not being serious enough during pregame preparations, fraternizing too often with opponents. The Howard incident was the backbreaker, the source said.