Peter Vescey might no longer have the Larry Brown/Isiah Thomas/Jim Dolan Hate Triangle to snicker at, but the New York Post columnist should have G Nate Robinson (above) to kick around for a while longer.
With any luck, Eddy Curry’s development wasn’t too stunted by being force-fed so many fundamentals in such a short time span. Happily, his growth plate remains wide open. And while we’re at it, a moment of appreciation is in order for the mud-bound USS Intrepid! At last, a New Yorker less mobile than Curry.
Thankfully, Brown didn’t curb Nate Robinson’s enthusiasm. Later, for Jamal Crawford’s unreal pull-up to win the Nuggets game. I’m still stuck on the picture of The Great Nate sticking a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer against the Pacers, Knicks down one. Such cause for celebration! He’s so lovable.
Imagine Brown having the audacity to try to impede Robinson’s idiosyncratic brand of braggadocio. The nerve of him to insist on professionalism! No wonder James Dolan & the Dolts wanted Brown gone so quickly. They must’ve discovered his plan for year two. He was going to attempt to completely corrupt Robinson’s game by teaching him to make a premeditated pass for an assist.
The Seattle Times’ Percy Allan notes that while everyone else is getting teed up, the Sonics’ Danny Fortson has been a model citizen thus far. Naturally, his coaches and teammates are waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Whenever Fortson is whistled for an infraction, teammates, opposing players, officials, league watchdog Stu Jackson and observers wonder: Is this the moment Danny loses his cool again?
“You do kind of like hold your breath for a second because in the past, he wouldn’t be able to control his emotions and he’d just go off,” Sonics forward Rashard Lewis said. “This year, they’re really cracking down on things like that, calling [technicals] on every little thing, so for him to keep his cool, that says a lot.”
Fortson was supposed to be an early casualty of the new no-tolerance rule, which allows officials to give technical fouls to players who complain about calls or make excessive displays of emotion.
The on-court conduct policy has been criticized by NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, who threatened legal action if the new rules aren’t relaxed. According to the NBPA, in the first 50 games last season there were 66 technical fouls compared with 122 through 51 games this season.
And not one has been given to Fortson, who laughed when told that media members set the over/under for his first technical at two games.
“Yeah, that’s fair,” he said. “I probably would have said that, too. But it’s going to be a lot longer than two games.”
True Hoop is becoming less SFW with each passing day. Friday’s entries include graphic details of a roll in the hey-hey-hey with A.I., and some strange allusions to that terrible Meredith Brooks single that Geza X. produced.