By Chris Sheridan
It has been 97 days since the Knicks traded Nate Robinson to the Boston Celtics for Bill Walker, Eddie House and J.R. Giddens, which has given Robinson some time to appreciate the difference in cultures of the two franchises.
In New York, he clashed with coaches Larry Brown and Mike D'Antoni and was an expendable spare part by mid-February as the Knicks continued their two-year quest to clear salary cap room to pursue LeBron James and another max free agent. (Side note, Chad Ford has a MUST, MUST-read column today on what the Knicks are thinking).
In Boston, things haven't worked out as Robinson had hoped. He has fallen behind forward Tony Allen on the point guard depth chart, he missed out on a $1 million bonus, and his best work in the playoffs was as a towel-waver until he logged 2 minutes in Game 4 against Orlando on Tuesday night and played fairly under control (at least by his standards).
I reported back on Dec. 21 that Robinson was seeking a trade to the Celtics, and he waived his trade veto and his Larry Bird rights to get to Boston when the deal got done Feb. 18. But over his first 60 days with the Celtics, Robinson learned the hard way that on a team laden with veterans, there is zero tolerance for what was tolerated in New York -- Robinson's proclivity to break away from the offense and freelance.
I caught up with N8 last night in Boston and asked him to compare the two team cultures he has experienced in his five NBA seasons.
"It is (different), but you've got to have that Charles Darwin theory, survival of the fittest, and you have to learn how to adapt," Robinson told ESPN.com. "I've learned to adapt. I'm happy."
To read the rest of this post, including some insight as to why Robinson got those 2 minutes of playing time, click over to the Knicks blog on the ESPNNewYork site.