Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Nate Robinson has taken a page from Mike D’Antoni’s playbook.
The former Knick got Celtics coach Doc Rivers to incorporate two of his old New York plays into the Celtics’ playbook and the results paid off. Robinson scored 20 points in Tuesday’s 105-100 win at Detroit.
“I heard he played well and it’s good for him. It’s a real good opportunity for him, so that’s good. I’m sure Doc’s got thousands of plays, but maybe [Robinson’s] comfortable with that,” D’Antoni said before the Knicks faced Detroit Wednesday at MSG.
Rivers told Robinson he was fine with incorporating the plays as long as Nate taught his new teammates.
“He said, ‘I want you to teach the play’,” Robinson said, according to NBA.com. “It’s kind of different. I’m teaching K.G. [Kevin Garnett], Ray [Allen], Paul [Pierce], Sheed [Rasheed Wallace]. I’m like, ‘Wow, this is awesome.’
“It’s something I can tell my kids one day.”
D’Antoni is going with a big lineup against Detroit, starting 6-6 Bill Walker over 6-3 Sergio Rordriguez at the point and Al Harrington over Wilson Chandler (personal reasons). 6-8 Tracy McGrady will start at point guard.
D’Antoni said the goal was to get bigger and rebound more.
“That’s the idea, whether it’s a good idea we’ll all find out together. It doesn’t really change a whole lot, I just want to look at it, experiment with the big lineup,” D’Antoni said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.