Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nate The Great, Release To Greece?

Nate Robinson, The Knicks' high-motor guard, could potentially emerge as the next NBA player headed over the waters. Robinson was recently in Spain with Nike, but all signs point to 'Kryptonate' taking a king's ransom to play in Greece.

According to Long Island Newsday, the bread-heavy Olympiakos offered the 2-time NBA slam dunk champion a two-year contract which would allow him to earn up to $10 million.

Last season, the Athens-based team shelled out enough long green to lure in the Atlanta Hawks' Josh Childress.

Robinson, a smurf-sized guard at 5-foot-9, has a proclivity for mano y mano moves and streetball-type flair. He's materialized as a fan-favorite since his rookie season in 2005-06. The bench sparkplug and former standout football player at Washington provides the World's Most Famous Arena with an instant pulse.

While the Knicks may lose Robinson's 17.2 points per game, the trigger-happy guard's score-first mentality and domination of the ball has been detrimental to success in Mike D'Antoni's souped-up, run-and-gun offense.

"Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin, said he had no comment about the offer," explained Newsday scribe Alan Hahn.

"Walsh and Goodwin are expected to talk again Friday about Robinson's future with the Knicks. Walsh has said his initial plan is to try to sign Robinson, but other factors suggest he may eventually seek a sign-and-trade."

*In other news, Knicks forward David Lee helped run a successful Teaches Basketball camp in Sleepy Hollow HS in Westchester County. Lee, an outgoing forward who's evolved into a walking double-double on the hardwood, has been performing basketball camps with Teaches Hoops for two years now. The Mecca's very own Young Pov, fresh off the boat from Ireland, took part in this event yesterday.

*Former Manhattan College guard and White Plains native Devon Austin had a tryout with the Knicks this weekend. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward averaged 11 points and five boards for the Jaspers this season.

Austin authoried a storied career at Division-I launchpad White Plains high school, under longtime coach Spencer Mayfield. He's been a fixture at White Plains' hardscrabble Ferris Ave. courts, where a heavily-competitive men's league unfolds every summer. Robinson has stopped by these courts and taken in the games, observing some of the hoop junkies who claim they "still got it."