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Suns looking for Magic in NBA draft lottery - East Valley Tribune
7 pick and traded him to Chicago for the Bulls' Jackson Vroman, a future first-round pick and cash. (That first-round pick was subsequently used on Nate Robinson in 2005, who was then shipped to New York to bring in Kurt Thomas.) Deng. Robinson....
Nate Robinson to Guest Star in Comedy Show - Posting and Toasting
So, to recap, it's a bunch of comedians, David Diehl, and Mr. Nate Robinson himself in a variety show of sorts. Plus, I'll be there. What's not to like? I can also vouch that Comix is a fine establishment. I saw Aziz Ansari there a few months back and...
Dave Diehl is ready to act out - Newsday
Jets safety Kerry Rhodes has done it in the past and on Wednesday Knicks guard Nate Robinson will be interviewed (seeing Diehl stand next to Nate might be the funniest part of the evening!). But Diehl said the producers of the show wanted to try a...
NBA Draft Player Preview: Marquette's Dominic James - Bleacher Report
It is very tough to find a comparison in the NBA to James, but the player closest to his type of game is Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks. Robinson is enjoying a breakout season this year, and while he is more of a jumpshooter than James,...
The Case Against Jason Kidd: A Potential Disaster - Bleacher Report
The only other guy on the team, who is really capable of taking the ball up the court, is Nate Robinson, but he sometimes is out of control, and he is more of a shooting guard by trade. Plus, he is a restricted free agent, along with another Knicks'...
Eagles hammer Bellwood - Centre Daily Times
Womer led off the third with his homer, and two batters later Dillon Schall doubled to the left field corner to chase starting pitcher Nate Plummer. Plummer struggled, uncorking three wild pitches and hitting a batter while walking two and giving up...
New York Knicks: 2009 NBA Draft -
The question for the Knicks: are they sold on a tandem of Chris Duhon and Nate Robinson at the point? As exciting as the diminutive slam dunk champion is, he's not a true point guard. And Duhon, who wore down over the final three months of the season,...
The Boston Celtics are Kryp-to-nite! - Bleacher Report
What did Kryp-to-Nate do he wore green; his team colors are blue and orange, but on this day it was green, even his sneakers were green. Yes the only color that can destroy Superman. The Celtics have green in their makeup way before Nate Robinson did....
Play by play - USA Today
Runners on first and third with two outs and Nate McLouth due up. Out: Nate McLouth popped out to second to end the inning. Substitution: Tyler Yates starts the inning for the Pirates. Out: Shane Robinson grounded out second to first....
West 4th Courts Evict Ballers for Fashion Event - Village Voice
The caged playing field will be off limits to peons for the duration, though Allan Houston, Nate Robinson, and other NBA stars will be at the event; we're not sure if you're allowed to press against the chain-link to look at them; perhaps they'll...

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson dunks over Spud Webb in the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest.

Nathaniel Cornelius "Nate" Robinson (born May 31, 1984, in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's New York Knicks.

Robinson is listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m), and has a vertical leap of 43.5 inches (110 cm).

Nate Robinson transferred back to Rainier Beach High School in Seattle after he moved from Union City, California where he played for James Logan High School for one year. He was at Rainier Beach his first 2 years of high school. At Rainier, he excelled in basketball, football, and track. He led his basketball team to a 28–1 record and won the AAA state championship as a senior with University of Louisville star Terrence Williams, USC alumnus Lodrick Stewart, and former University of Kansas player Rodrick Stewart. He stayed after school every day to work on his powerful form with shooting coach Robert Tobin. He averaged 17.9 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals per game as a senior in 2002, and was named the AAA State player of the year in Washington. He even led his team to a no. 7 national ranking in USA Today, and was one of the 100 finalists for the McDonald's High School All-America team.

Also in 2002 he was named the AAA player of the year for football where he totalled over 1,200 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving while scoring 21 touchdowns. And he was a SuperPrep All-American in 2001 and was ranked as the nation's 17th-best player at the athlete position. He was also a standout in track and field, setting a Washington state record of 13.85 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. He also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2002 state track meet.

Robinson had a successful collegiate career in which he led the Washington Huskies to the 2005 NCAA basketball tournament during his junior season. At the end of that season he was named a third-team Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American.

Robinson was the 21st selection of the 2005 NBA Draft, chosen by the Phoenix Suns before being traded to the New York Knicks with Quentin Richardson for Kurt Thomas and the draft rights to second-round pick (54th overall) Dijon Thompson.

Robinson played in 72 games his rookie year, starting 26 of them, while averaging 9.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. He had a major breakout performance against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden where he scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Of his 17 points, three came on a game-winning three-pointer at the overtime buzzer over his boyhood idol, Allen Iverson. During the All-Star weekend, Robinson won the 2006 Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest, edging Andre Iguodala 141–140 in an unprecedented overtime, although he took 14 attempts to make his final dunk. In his most memorable dunk of the night, he jumped over 1986 champion Spud Webb, and received a perfect 50-point score for the dunk.

During the 2005–06 season, Robinson was reportedly involved in physical altercations between teammates Jerome James and Malik Rose in separate incidents. He was at one point considered by Knicks coach Larry Brown to be demoted to the NBA Development League. He was instead placed on the Inactive List for 10 games between February 24 and March 11.

On December 16, 2006, Robinson was one of the primary participants in the brawl between the Denver Nuggets and the Knicks. His fight with Nuggets guard J. R. Smith landed in the seats, and he was suspended for 10 games as a result.

Robinson competed in the 2007 Slam Dunk Contest to defend his 2006 title, and came in second place after Gerald Green. In the second round, Green's Boston Celtics teammate Paul Pierce brought out a cardboard cut-out of Robinson to dunk over, but Robinson came out and stood in its place instead, and Green jumped over him to complete the dunk.

During the NBA Summer League of 2007, Robinson led the New York Knicks to a 5–0 record and won MVP honors over future stars such as Al Thornton, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Kevin Durant.

On February 14, 2009, Robinson won the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition. During the first round he completed two dunks, the second of which included jumping off Knicks teammate Wilson Chandler, who was on the floor. He finished second in the first round with a score of 87. After the first round, he went into the locker room and changed into a green Knicks jersey with green shorts and green shoes representing Kryptonite (which he called "KryptoNATE"), countering competitor Dwight Howard's Superman theme. In the final round, Nate Robinson, who is only 5 feet 9, jumped over Dwight Howard (6 feet 11 inches) for the slam. Robinson went on to win his second Slam Dunk title with 52% of the fan vote.

Robinson has firmly established himself in the Knicks rotation under new coach Mike D'Antoni. Favored by D'Antoni's run-and-gun style of basketball, Robinson is enjoying his best season to date.

In a five-game period spanning the All Star break (in which he won the Slam Dunk Contest), Robinson averaged 30 ppg, 7 rpg and 7 apg in 37 mpg. These figures included a game-wining performance of 41 points and 8 rebounds against Indiana on February 23.

The high-energy Robinson has become a spark off the bench for the Knicks, and has entrenched himself as a fan-favorite at Madison Square Garden.

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Nate Robinson (American football)

Nate Robinson (born January 18, 1985 in Irvington, New Jersey) is an American football defensive tackle for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Akron.

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Isaiah Thomas (basketball)

Isaiah Thomas (born in Tacoma, Washington) is an American college basketball player for the University of Washington Huskies men's team. A 5'8" (1.73 m) and 170-180 lb (77-82 kg) freshman point guard, Thomas currently leads his team in scoring. Through 21 games played, he is averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He has been compared to 5'9" former Washington star and current New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson in both style and production.

He attended Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Washington through 11th grade, and then transferred to South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut for two years. At Curtis, Thomas averaged 31.2 points as a junior. He called a conference on April 20, 2006 to announce his intentions to sign with the University of Washington.

Thomas received blessings from Nate Robinson, the former Washington Huskies star, to wear his iconic #2 jersey. In an exhibition game against Western Washington, Thomas scored 27 points on 9-of-12 field goals. He scored a career-high 27 points in an 81-67 home win over Morgan State on December 30, 2008. This bettered his previous high of 19 points scored in a 74-51 blowout over Florida International on November 20.

Isaiah Thomas was named after former Detroit Pistons All-Star point guard Isiah Thomas when his father, James, lost a friendly wager on a Lakers-Pistons Playoff game in 1989, and the name was approved by his mother since she desired a biblical name.

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Knicks–Nuggets brawl

Timeline of the brawl (clockwise from top-left): Mardy Collins flagrantly fouling J.R. Smith; initial fighting following the foul; Anthony punching an unsuspecting Collins; the brawl beginning to halt.

The Knicks-Nuggets brawl was an on-court altercation at a National Basketball Association game between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, US, on Saturday, December 16, 2006. This altercation was the most penalized on-court fight in the NBA since the Pacers–Pistons brawl of November 19, 2004.

The fight began with a flagrant foul by Knicks guard Mardy Collins on Denver Nuggets guard J. R. Smith in the closing seconds of the game, when it appeared the Knicks, especially New York coach Isiah Thomas, became enraged because they felt the Nuggets were running up the score. Denver, despite having a comfortable lead, still had their starters on the floor. Thomas himself also had apparently verbally warned Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony to not go into the paint. The foul touched off a brawl that ultimately led to the ejection of all ten players on the court and suspensions to seven players. The longest of these suspensions was Denver's Carmelo Anthony lasting 15 games.

Thomas was also feeling job pressure from the media and fans, who had in previous games had been chanting "Fire Isiah!", especially during a December 6 lackluster loss to the Washington Wizards, due to his team's poor overall and home record under his tenure as both GM and then in his dual role of head coach/GM, as well as the lingering backlash from his sexual harassment lawsuit. It was evidenced by stunning photographs of a half-empty Madison Square Garden, with many dozing, apathetic fans.

The incident occurred with 1 minute and 15 seconds remaining in a Knicks' home game, which the Nuggets were leading 119-100, and which they would go on to win 123-100. Denver head coach George Karl kept his team's starters on the court for the closing minutes of a game that was all but won, though doing so was considered by Isiah Thomas to show a lack of sportsmanship. However, as was noted by Nuggets coach Karl, Thomas had a team on the court that had cut a 25-point lead down to 10 in a couple of minutes during the game. Moreover, the Nuggets had blown two significant leads in previous games on the four-game road trip that ended in New York. Additionally, in the previous meeting between the two teams on November 8, 2006 at Denver's Pepsi Center, New York overcame a 12-point deficit to win 109-107.

Speculation has arisen that Karl's playing the starters that late in the game might have been done to show up the Knicks, specifically Thomas, who, as General Manager of the Knicks earlier in 2006, had fired Karl's friend Larry Brown. It has been confirmed that Thomas warned Denver's All Star forward Carmelo Anthony to stay out of the paint, suggesting that the Knicks were going to do something to respond to the perceived running up of the score.

Knicks rookie Mardy Collins flagrantly fouled J.R. Smith as he was on a fastbreak for a dunk or layup, by reaching around his neck and throwing him to the ground. Smith and Collins immediately began arguing aggressively as Knick guard Nate Robinson ran up and pushed Smith, although Robinson was allegedly trying to break up the fight. The three were surrounded by many Knicks and Nuggets players, as well as officials. The fracas further escalated when Carmelo Anthony grabbed Robinson's neck. At this point Smith, who was being held back by Knicks player David Lee, broke free and charged at Robinson, who wildly slammed Smith into the courtside seats behind the basket, forcing some spectators and photographers to move away. More fighting ensued, involving several of the players on the court at the time. Order was eventually restored, with the main participants in the altercation being restrained by teammates, coaches, and officials.

Despite the fact that the fighting was apparently coming to an end, Anthony punched Collins in the face, Collins fell to the floor and then Anthony ran away from fray to the other end of the court as Knicks forward Jared Jeffries, Nate Robinson and some other Knicks immediately chased after Anthony the length of the floor to avenge their teammate. Order was eventually restored, and no further fighting occurred. Jeffries later stated that "You have to do what you have to do when your teammate is sucker-punched." Carmelo Anthony's punch was so hard, it was audible throughout the arena, and on the tape.

Following the altercation, officials Dick Bavetta, Violet Palmer, and Robbie Robinson ejected all ten players who had been on the court at the time of the incident. For the Knicks, these players were Mardy Collins, Nate Robinson, Channing Frye, Jared Jeffries, and David Lee. The Nuggets players ejected were Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Andre Miller, Marcus Camby, and Eduardo Nájera.

NBA Commissioner David Stern reacted with strict disciplinary action for the many players involved. Prior altercations resulted in suspensions that usually lasted fewer than ten games; when then-Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O'Neal almost hard-punched then-Chicago Bull Brad Miller during a fight in 2002, O'Neal was suspended for three games. Because this fight occurred after the Pacers–Pistons brawl two years earlier, and because the NBA, led by Stern, had been working hard to clean up its image since that incident, the penalties for this altercation were much stiffer.

Neither Knicks coach Isiah Thomas nor Nuggets coach George Karl was fined or suspended, though some felt that the brawl had been ignited by enmity between the coaches.

Stern received criticism for not including Thomas in the suspensions , with the perception that Stern and Thomas had a special relationship. New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica wrote a column The Garden of Evil, accusing Thomas of creating an uncontrolled atmosphere. ESPN NBA analyst Marc Stein called the Knicks' defense that "Thomas was actually imploring Melo to show more class" was "laughable." ESPN's Bill Simmons claimed, "Stern didn't want to suspend Isiah because that would have made it harder for Dolan to fire him." The Wall Street Journal claimed that Thomas was attempting to resurrect the rough, physical "Bad Boys" tactics of the late 1980s Pistons (of whom Thomas was a member), trying to inspire his team. Bloomberg News concurred, as did The Gothamist. Former Knick and current ESPN commentator Greg Anthony, who played under head coach Pat Riley with the Knicks, criticized Thomas, stating "I never had a coach say that to an opponent...I've had a coach say, do a better job protecting our territory. That's a little different." Boston Globe staff writer Peter May stated, referring to Thomas' disastrous stint as GM of the Knicks, "Had Stern really wanted to help the Knicks, he would have banned Thomas for a few months." Many speculated that he had a hidden agenda, due to the ugly relationship between him and Larry Brown, a good friend of George Karl, and was trying to make a statement by ordering a hit on a Nuggets player. Like other incidents involving Isiah Thomas, New York sports radio talk show hosts had suggested he be fired for his actions.

Karl's comments were criticized by some journalists for using foul language and by others who accused him of having a hidden agenda, due to the aforementioned treatment of his friend Brown and his personal dislike of Thomas.

Anthony's suspension was eligible for appeal because it was longer than 12 games, and NBAPA union head Billy Hunter scheduled a meeting with Anthony and his agent for December 26, 2006 regarding a possible appeal, but on December 21, Anthony and his agent announced they would not attempt one. As a result of the slap and suspension, though, Anthony's image was damaged severely, according to Yahoo Sports columnist and ex-NBA player Steve Kerr, who said that Anthony's work to clean up his image "which had undergone a fabulous facelift in the past year and a half" had been undone, and "brought back questions of Anthony's character and raised doubt about his ability to be one of the NBA's pillars of success." CNNSI NBA analyst Marty Burns regretted that Anthony faced becoming known by countless sports fans across America as the guy who threw the slap in the face of Collins and could've severely damaged him. An example of immediate backlash was Northwest Airlines pulling Anthony from its in-flight magazine cover. Denver, shortly after the incident, acquired Allen Iverson, who had been neck and neck with Anthony for the scoring lead all season, in exchange for Andre Miller, Joe Smith, and two first-round picks in the 2007 NBA Draft. Some journalists had predicted the trade shortly after the brawl, with the reasoning that the Nuggets would need a scorer like Iverson to make up for the loss of Anthony for an extended period of time, implying that the trade might not have occurred had Anthony not been suspended. An ESPN SportsNation poll showed that most people concurred with the belief that the suspension helped spark the trade to get Iverson.

Anthony issued a statement and apology to his family, the league, and fans the following day. He also specifically apologized to Mardy Collins.

Steve Francis claimed that the media reaction to the fight and the suspensions itself were "racially motivated". Francis argued that Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League had fights worse or equal to the Nuggets-Knicks altercation and rarely faced the type of media attention and scrutiny that the NBA received, despite the NHL's recent attempts to clean up its image in the wake of the Steve Moore-Todd Bertuzzi incident and the NFL's problems concerning gun ownershipand drug smuggling. Major League Baseball brawls seldom resulted in actual violence, and in incidents in which fans and players or coaches were involved, such as the Chad Kreuter incident, the Frank Francisco incident, and the Tom Gamboa incident, have resulted in actual police arrests. Various journalists accused Francis of playing the race card, while others agreed with his sentiments.

On Pardon the Interruption, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon compared Robinson to Stephen Jackson during the Pacers–Pistons brawl, while New York Post sports columnist Peter Vecsey called for the NBA to "lock up Nate Robinson and throw away the key." writer Nick Prevenas claimed Robinson was "cementing his status as one of the five craziest guys in the league", referring to Robinson's prior controversies, including attempting a trick dunk early in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the year on November 29. Robinson apologized for his actions and promised to control his aggression in the future. He added his grandmother expressed dismay at her grandson's behavior.

Nenê and James were suspended for 1 game for leaving their respective benches, as they were not playing at the time the brawl began. Oddsmakers claimed that Thomas' role in the brawl made him the leading candidate among coaches to be removed after the season, though Thomas was actually given a contract extension near the end of the season. Martin Luther King III, in conjunction with the NBA Referees Association, called for a summit meeting to address and curb violence among NBA players.

At the time of the brawl, the Nuggets were in playoff contention and due to Anthony's 15 game suspension, some experts expected the Nuggets to fall out of the playoffs. Days later, they acquired Allen Iverson from the Philadelphia 76ers. Some people believe it was to keep the Nuggets in the playoffs.

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Spud Webb

Anthony Jerome Webb (born on July 13, 1963 in Dallas, Texas), better known as Spud Webb, is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard.

Webb was born into poverty. He was raised in a small three-bedroom home and used basketball as an inspiration. Webb was never tall, but he used his quickness and jumping ability to outplay the other kids. At Wilmer-Hutchins High School, he played on the junior varsity team where he made a large impact. When he got on the varsity team, he averaged 26 points per game. During his senior season he was 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm) tall, and that's when he first threw down a dunk. He was one of the best players in the state of Texas. After high school, he attended Midland College and North Carolina State University, where he averaged 10 points per game throughout college.

Despite his impressive high school record, colleges showed little interest in Webb. Standing at 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) tall, he received his first opportunity to play on a college basketball team when he attended Midland College (in Midland, Texas), where he led the Chaparrals to the junior college national title in 1982. In the championship game, Midland defeated #1-ranked and previously unbeaten Miami-Dade North of Florida, 93-88, in double overtime. Webb led all scorers in that game with 36 points, making 10 of 15 shots from the floor and 16 of 18 from the free-throw line. His performance at the tournament earned Webb a write-up in Sports Illustrated, and national attention. In 1983, he was named an NJCAA All-American by the the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Webb attracted the attention of Tom Abatemarco, an assistant coach at North Carolina State University, who arranged for Webb to meet head coach Jim Valvano, who offered Webb a scholarship. In two years at N.C. State, Spud averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 assists per game.

Webb was then drafted in the 4th round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. His first six seasons were played with the Atlanta Hawks, but he had his best years statistically with the Sacramento Kings, where he played as a starter from 1992-1995. He then split a season between the Atlanta Hawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves before finishing his career after one season with the Orlando Magic and retiring from professional basketball in 1998. Webb played 814 career games, averaging 9.9 points per game, registering 8072 points and 4342 assists in twelve seasons.

Webb was, and remains the third shortest player to play in the NBA. Only Earl Boykins and Muggsy Bogues were shorter.

Webb, the shortest person to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, won the event in 1986. His participation surprised the media; including his teammates, and defending dunk champion Dominique Wilkins, who had "never seen me dunk before," Webb said. His dunks included the elevator two-handed double pump dunk, the one-handed off the backboard one-handed jam, a 360-degree helicopter one-handed dunk, a 180-degree reverse double-pump slam, and finally, the 180-degree reverse two-handed strawberry jam from a lob bounce off the floor. He defeated Wilkins with two perfect 150-point scores in the final round. Atlanta coach Mike Fratello said, "Spud kind of duped him. He told Wilkins he never had anything prepared, didn't practice for it. So, Wilkins maybe thought his normal assortment would be good enough to get through". Twenty years after Webb's victory in the Slam Dunk contest, he trained New York Knicks point guard Nate Robinson (who stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall) to win the event. Webb tossed the ball to Robinson, who leaped over Webb and dunked, earning 50 points from the judges. Robinson went on to win, making him the second player in basketball history under six feet to win since Webb.

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Jackie Butler

Jackie Butler (born March 10, 1985 in McComb, Mississippi) is an American professional basketball player formerly in the NBA, currently a free agent. Butler is 6'10" and weighs 260 pounds.

Butler attended McComb High School and originally committed to play at Mississippi State University but failed to qualify academically. He later enrolled at Laurinburg Institute, then transferred to Coastal Christian Academy prep school in Virginia Beach. He went undrafted in 2004 and was cut by the Minnesota Timberwolves in training camp.

Butler played briefly with the New York Knicks for the 2004-05 NBA season. He scored ten points over three games, by successfully making all four of his field goals and both free throw attempts. Butler finished the 2004-2005 season with the Continental Basketball Association where over 40 games with the Great Lakes Storm he averaged 18.1 points (tenth in CBA), 10.7 rebounds (third) and 1.45 blocks (third) per game. He later was drafted in the 2005 AAPBL Draft. However the league folded soon thereafter.

When Larry Brown was hired as the New York Knicks' head coach, it was unclear what sort of role Butler would have. After the pre-season, Brown publicly commented on how happy he was with Butler, and considered him his fourth rookie (along with Channing Frye, Nate Robinson and David Lee). After a rocky start, Butler was soon praised as being the Knicks' best center, with Eddy Curry and Jerome James having disappointing starts to their Knick careers. For the 2005-06 NBA season Butler played in 55 games averaging 13.5 minutes, 5.3 points (54.4% field goal percentage) and 3.3 rebounds per game. He earned $641,748 with the Knicks.

On July 12, 2007 the Spurs traded Butler and the rights to Luis Scola to the Houston Rockets for Vassilis Spanoulis, a 2009 second-round draft pick and cash.

Scouts consider him a gifted offensive player but a questionable defender. Popovich and Butler's first high school coach have both stated that Butler resembles legendary big man Moses Malone.

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