For Bulls fans, this particular off-season has seemed especially drawn out.
It’s been the “Dwightmare,” blockbuster trades, the NBA draft, free agency, amnesty auctions, the bench mob departure and the Olympic games, with an unwanted extra helping of the Dwightmare.
Like the Energizer Bunny, the NBA’s off-peak time just seems to keep going, and going, and going, and going as the calendar flips to August.
Coincidentally, Chicago recently signed their own version of the famous battery bunny, spark plug Nate Robinson, to help anchor the team’s new version of the bench mob.
Robinson, the pint-sized NBA veteran with seven seasons under his belt, is very excited for his first season in Chicago.
“It’s a blessing and I’m honored,” Robinson told the media gathered at the Berto Center. “Great legacy, great tradition, a lot of history, and of course, my favorite player has a statue right outside. It’s a great privilege.”
“There were a lot of other teams,” Robinson continued, “but you really can’t pass on an opportunity like this to play for the Bulls, who are like America’s team, Chicago is a great city.”
The five-foot-nine inch former Knicks, Celtics and Thunder combo guard is known for his emotional, high-intensity style and skyscraper hops, boasting two NBA slam dunk titles from his younger days.
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Robinson, 28, is an above average shooter (42.5% for his career) and an aggressive off-the-bench scoring threat. He spent last season with the Golden State Warriors and produced a career-high 4.5 assists in addition to 11.2 PPG, which also happens to match his career average.
His strength and athleticism partly offset his lack of size on defense.
Though emotional play is a great source of Robinson’s energy, it can also lead him to play out of control, causing unforced fouls and turnovers.
It’s also important to note that as they lose quickness, short guards have a tendency to start fading into their late 20’s and early 30’s (think: Alen Iverson, Earl Boykins). This is a concern for Robinson given an already increased foul rate over the past few seasons that has been attributed by some to a decline in that key area.
Coach Tom Thibodeau’s abilities as one of the league’s elite coaches figures to provide the kind of atmosphere that will foster the best playing environment for Robinson. If anyone can keep the kinetic ball-of-energy focused, helping him reduce costly mental errors, it’s Thibs.
The signing, reportedly set for the veteran’s minimum, looks very sound on paper, as Robinson figures to be a major contributor in helping take up the scoring load until Derrick Rose returns sometime around mid-season.
News and Dunks: There’s definitely some promising Bulls news taking place overseas at the Olympic games in London. Luol Deng’s wrist appeared to be little more than an after-thought in his valiant attempt leading Great Britain in an inspired effort against Spain, which GBR eventually lost to 78-79. The loss came despite a great game from Deng including a remarkable, off-balance 3 he hit with seven seconds remaining to pull the team within one of the NBA-stacked Spaniards with gold medal aspirations. Deng, leading a team of mostly misfits, finished with sparkling line of 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists on 10-20 shooting.
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