Robinson Wants to Remain a Knick, if He Can Play

JONATHAN ABRAMS

Nate Robinson says he wants to play for the Knicks. He also wants to play.

The goals are clashing, which prompted Robinson’s agent, Aaron
Goodwin, to request on Saturday that Robinson and the Knicks part ways.
On Sunday, however, Robinson spoke hopefully that the situation could
be reversed.

It was not reversed immediately. Coach Mike D’Antoni did not play Robinson for a ninth consecutive game in the Knicks’ 98-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks (10-17) improved to 6-3 in Robinson’s absence. For a seventh consecutive game, the Knicks, who have often been defensively indifferent, held an opponent below 100 points.

They were aided in that endeavor when Charlotte went most the game without its top scorers. Gerald Wallace sat out with a severe headache, and Stephen Jackson departed in the third quarter with back spasms.

With them missing, the Knicks led the entire second half, but their 12-point lead was sliced to a single point three times in the fourth quarter. Twice, Danilo Gallinari, who scored 21 points, responded with 3-pointers.

Gallinari nearly cost the Knicks when he missed two of four free throws in the final 20 seconds. He fixed a perplexed look on the rim afterward.

“I was mad because they went out in exactly the same way,” Gallinari said. “I mean, they touched the left part of the rim and then the right and then went out.”

But he sealed the victory by blocking Acie Law’s driving layup with 4.9 seconds remaining, preserving a 96-94 lead.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/sports/basketball/21knicks.html?_r=1&ref=sports

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