Knicks' Walsh not ready to trade Robinson


Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he is not ready to cave in to a Nate
Robinson trade demand before talking again today with Robinson’s agent,
Aaron Goodwin, in one last attempt to change his mind. Robinson said he
is still hoping things can be resolved, so that he can stay with the
Knicks and put an end to "Nate-Gate."

Robinson said he is optimistic about the results of a conversation between Walsh and Goodwin. Robinson did not play for the ninth straight game in last night’s 98-94 victory over the Bobcats. The Knicks are 6-3 since Robinson was banished.

Goodwin made his trade demand to Walsh Saturday night. Last night, Goodwin told The Post "nothing’s changed" and the trade demand is intact. Goodwin, who is in California, said he looks forward to speaking with Walsh by phone.

"Let them evaluate everything and see where it goes from there," Robinson said. "I want to be a Knick. I want to stay here. This is where I want to be. I want to play. I want to help the team win. I think I can do that. I bring energy. I do all the little things. I just feel like I haven’t gotten that privilege to play like I want."

Robinson seemed to try to distance himself from his agent’s demand.

"Aaron is his own man," Robinson said. "What I think is what I think. My agent is doing his job for what’s best for me as Nate Robinson."

Goodwin said Saturday that coach Mike D’Antoni has a personal vendetta against Robinson. Walsh said that is inaccurate and he will explain to Goodwin that D’Antoni still has Robinson in his plans.

In a circus-like atmosphere, Walsh called a press conference before the game.

"We need to sit down and talk about this because I don’t think Mike is personal with anybody," Walsh said. "Mike said he is going with a different rotation and Nate wasn’t in it. Larry Hughes was in that position at the beginning of the season and he got back in the lineup.

"I want to talk on the phone with Aaron Goodwin and bring these things up because I don’t know if Nate wants to leave or not," Walsh added.

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