Nate Robinson's agent contacts Knicks president Donnie Walsh about pulling
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Nate Robinson’s agent continues to reach out to Donnie Walsh in an attempt to free his client from Mike D’Antoni’s doghouse.
Walsh confirmed Friday that Aaron Goodwin contacted him earlier this
week to discuss the status of the fifth-year guard, who was benched for
his eighth straight game Friday night as the Knicks (5-3 during that
stretch) beat the Clippers, 95-91. According to a source, Goodwin first
contacted Walsh the day after Robinson’s initial benching against the
Magic on Dec. 2.
The Knicks’ president of basketball operations described his conversations with Goodwin as "courteous" but wouldn’t elaborate any further. Goodwin could not be reached for comment Friday night.
"Anytime he’s talked to me he’s been very courteous, and look, he wants Nate to get out in front," said Walsh, who was at the Garden Friday night. "I told him, ‘Look, from Mike’s first statement on this, he said Nate’s going out of the rotation but it won’t be forever. I’ll get back to you.’ The idea is to get Nate playing the way (D’Antoni) wants him to, so that’s what I’m going with. I’m OK with what Mike wants to do in any game."
Robinson last played on Dec. 1, when he logged just over 10 minutes against the Suns.
It’s not clear if Robinson’s agent is trying to get the guard traded, a potential move that Walsh shot down Friday night.
"There are conversations going on every day, but that doesn’t mean there’s going to be a trade," Walsh said, referring to dialogue in the Knicks’ front office. "I haven’t been shopping anybody….I’m not shopping him."
Pressed about Robinson’s playing time before Friday night’s game, D’Antoni cut off a reporter’s question and snapped: "Let’s talk about Marcus Landry. How come he’s not playing? I can’t explain exactly every second, the ins and outs."
While the issue of Robinson’s playing time continues to hover over the Knicks, much to D’Antoni’s annoyance, Walsh doesn’t see it becoming a problematic sideshow.
"If nobody is writing about it, it doesn’t become a distraction at all. There are seven guys sitting there," Walsh said. "And I think Nate has handled it well, he’s been supportive of the team. He comes into practices hard, I think he’s trying to show that he wants to do it the way the coaches want him to. I go to every practice, that’s what I see.