The New York Week That Was (Nate-Gate, Shutouts, Hatred and the Hot Stove)

December 11th, 2009 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »

Here are some of the highlights, lowlights, scandals, trades and car accidents of the past week in the New York sports world.

Nate-Gate: The surging Knicks have won three games in a row, they’re spreading the ball around on offense and playing solid team defense – yes, defense (somewhere Dave DeBusschere is smiling).

They’re moving up in the standings, but Nate-Gate is in full bloom, with chants of “We want Nate” raining down from the Garden faithful while Nate Robinson is tethered to the bench. Whenever he doesn’t play, the Knicks win, so the erratic guard may never see action again. Shooting at the wrong basket, too much goofing around and breezily fraternizing with the enemy have done him in.

After realizing that he’s getting paid $4 million to watch NBA games a few times a week and is getting front row seats to boot, he’s not complaining, and is settling into his role as the Knicks’ Little Bit o’ Luck guy.

He’s starting to make himself at home on the bench, dressing in a robe and slippers with his dog, Waffles, sitting on his lap. He’s set up a George Foreman Grill and mini fridge near his ch ...

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