Nate embraces 'animosity' with C.J.

Nate Robinson said his rift with C.J. Watson has been beneficial to both players on the court. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson doesn't hide his dislike for the Brooklyn Nets' C.J. Watson. In fact, Robinson views it as a positive.

"We're just competitors," Robinson said Monday after helping the Bulls even their Eastern Conference quarterfinals at a game apiece. "I don't like him, he don't like me. That's how it's going to be. There's animosity between the two of us, and for us, that's good."

The cause of the animosity isn't certain. Robinson signed with the Bulls after Watson was waived last offseason.

The animosity and chirping between the two hasn't negatively affected either on the court. Robinson is averaging 14 points over the first two games while shooting 52 percent from the field. Watson is averaging 12 points while shooting 59 percent.

"When you don't like somebody and you're playing against somebody, you want to destroy the other person," Robinson said. "You want to shut that person down. You want to do good, so for me, it's just a lot of confidence.

"He makes it competitive, and that's how it should be. That's how the game should be played. When you play against guys on other teams, you shouldn't like them."