Nate Robinson: The Warts

Robinson lost his standing for a variety of reasons — his showboating, his impulsive play, his lack of defense. His frantic energy is appreciated, but team officials want him to show more professionalism and self-control.

There was nothing surprising in Robinson’s performance Friday. His talents are well known, and he has had big games under D’Antoni. The key is what happens on the nights when Robinson is not the center of the offense, or not making 75 percent of his shots. Can he stay within the system? Can he shine without detracting from the team? Will he play consistent defense? Can he celebrate without losing track of the next play?


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