Tag:Nate Robinson
Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:15 pm

The new technical rules are being enforced

Posted by Royce Young

The NBA said it was serious about implementing new technical foul rules. There's now a "respect for the game" clause and the whistle will be much shorter for player.

And we're already getting a good look at it in just a handful of preseason games. So far, they're definitely serious.

There's Grant Hill and Reggie Evans getting tossed for patting each other on the backsides. There's a lot of players like D.J. Augustin who got hit with one for a mild protest during Wednesday's game against the Thunder. And then there's last night's affair where three Celtics were nailed with the big whistle.

Paul Pierce, Von Wafer and Nate Robinson were all assesed technical fouls in last night's win over the Nets. Pierce got tabbed when he took exception by throwing a fist in the air after teammate Rajon Rondo went hard to the floor with no whistle. According to the Boston Globe, official Steve Javie tried to stop Pierce, but it was too late.

“I didn’t realize,’’ Pierce told the paper. “Steve Javie was like, ‘That’s the new rule.’ I was like, ‘Dang.’ But I mean, it’s something that a lot of players are going to get early technicals, but they’ll make the adjustment." 

Robinson was nailed under similar cirumstances and Wafer picked up what's already his second technical for a small protest. 

The new rules say this:

"Players making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, anywhere on the court. Demonstrative disagreement, such as when a player incredulously raises his hands, or smacks his own arm to demonstrate how he was fouled. Running directly at an official to complain about a call. Excessive inquiries about a call, even in a civilized tone.

"In addition, referees have been instructed to consider calling technicals on players who use body language to question or demonstrate displeasure, or say things like, 'Come on!' They can also consider technicals for players who 'take the long path to the official,' walking across the court to make their case."

The league tried a crackdown similar to this in 2006, but it didn't last long after players just couldn't adjust. And thus far, though it is just a few games into preseason, it looks like players are having a difficult time again. Basketball is a high speed game played with a lot of emotion. And sometimes, like in Pierce's case, you react without even really thinking. It's easier said than done to keep those emotions in check.

Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:14 pm

The new NBA reality in pictures

Posted by Matt Moore

We'll have plenty more from NBA media day as camp begins tomorrow, but we wanted to share with you this image from the photoshoot this afternoon at the Heat facility. (Image courtesy of Getty Images/Marc Serota)

And here's what the past four months have felt like, ever since the entire "Decision" process began. And if the depth/size/ego issues can't slow down the Heat, despite all the flak he's taken, this may be what ends up being the lasting impression of James in 2010-2011. (Illustration by NBA F&R)


Of course, this will be standing in their way.


Posted on: July 16, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 1:16 pm

Nate Robinson signs with the Celtics

Posted by Royce Young

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reports the Celtics have re-signed guard Nate Robinson to a two-year, $9 million deal, plus bonuses.

Robinson, who's probably more famous for his dunk contest theatrics than his actual on-court production, averaged 10.1 points per game and shot nearly 40 percent from 3 last season splitting time between Boston and New York. He's an instant offense player, and evidently proved his worth in the playoffs for the Celtics, highlighted by him scoring 12 quick points off the bench in Game 4 against the Lakers in the Finals.

Before he became a Celtic at the trade deadline, he was in Mike D'Antoni's doghouse in New York. He's always been an offensive-minded player that can rack up points in a hurry (as evidenced by the 41 points he randomly dropped against Atlanta last season) and the kind of player Boston values off its bench.

Robinson is 26 and is entering his sixth season in the league. As mentioned, he finished last season averaging 10.1 ppg, but he averaged just 6.5 in about 15 minutes a night during his 31 games in Boston. In the playoffs, he averaged just 4.2 ppg in 7.5 minutes for the Celtics.
Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:18 pm

Steve Nash leads team to charity soccer victory

Steve Nash hosted a charity soccer event last week featuring Nate Robinson, Jared Dudley, and Tony Parker. As part of CBSSports.com's continuing coverage of the 2010 World Cup and our partnership with Steve nash, we're pleased to bring this exclusive coverage of the event. Highlights include Jared Dudley climbing a fence and Nate Robinson taking off his shirt. Man, that guy pops up everywhere ...

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