When Nate Robinson arrived in Boston last month, coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that it would take some time for him to learn Boston's beefy playbook, so the plan was to teach him an offensive set at a time during the early going. With a lot being thrown at Robinson on both sides of the ball, Rivers decided to let his 11 new teammates learn something new as well.
The Celtics have incorporated a couple sets from the New York Knicks playbook, aimed at giving Robinson a sense of familiarity when he's on the court. Robinson produced his best offensive outing in three games with Boston, scoring 13 points in Saturday's loss to the New Jersey Nets.
"It's kinda cool, I was out there trying to coach it first hand, and I'm like, 'Oh man, the spotlight is on me,'" said Robinson. "I tried to teach them a couple sets we ran in New York, make it easy for me to transition. They liked the offense we showed them and we're trying to run it. I know when I'm in, I'll call that 99.9 percent of the time, I'll be real comfortable."
Rivers acknowledged that getting a point guard up to speed midseason is no easy task.
"His role is going to be good here, but it's just going to take time," said Rivers. "I said that when we made the trade -- that position is the most difficult one. We put in something they did in New York, figuring let everyone else be uncomfortable and let Nate be comfortable. We'll see how that works out."
Robinson admitted most of his time has been spent studying and adjusting to Boston's defensive scheme, trying to grasp the team's system of help defense. Having played football his freshman year at the University of Washington (he first attended the school on a football scholarship, starting at cornerback for a season before concentrating on basketball), Robinson knows a thing or two about learning a new playbook.
"For [Boston's veterans] it's easy, they've been doing it for years," said Robinson. "For me and Marcus [Landry], it's coming at us fast. Kinda like in baseball and trying to hit a 100-mile-per-hour fastball. It's like, 'How do I do that?'"
So does Robinson have a future in coaching after his NBA days?
"Probably with my sons -- my two boys -- I'll coach them," said Robinson. "I'll teach them about the game and having fun."