In a recent interview with AOL Fanhouse, former Knick Nate Robinson took shots at his former team once again, but this time dragging David Lee into this as well.
Now let us dive into the highlights of the interview.
“I’m here now and David, this summer time, he’s looking forward to playing on a team that would want him hopefully,” Robinson told the website.
I guess I missed where Walsh made it clear he didn’t want to bring Lee back? Walsh has always had nothing but positive things to say towards Lee. The issue has always been whether or not we’d be able to afford him this summer, and that is still in question. Lee is an outstanding role player, but he’s not a max contract player. Last offseason I think opened his eyes into his value in the open market, which is why I think he’ll end up staying for a reasonable price so he can finally play with a good cast.
“I wish the best for D. Lee. Me and him came (to New York) as late first-round picks (Robinson going No. 21 and Lee No. 30 in 2005). We were rookies together. Almost five years on the same team … and then not getting the, I don’t want to say, the respect that we deserved. We paid our dues. But some time this summer (a team will be able) to pay homage to us, I guess.”
Now this is what really got me. Paid your dues? Respect you deserve? Nate, buddy, you are a role player at best and one of the most inconsistent players in the league. You were never disrespected here and were actually a fan favorite to most. Just because you experienced multiple losing seasons doesn’t mean you’re entitled to stick around. You weren’t in our long term plans, but Lee is. No need to be bitter because you’re in a better situation now and have a chance at a ring.