Over the course of the 12 months that transpired between the 2010 and 2011 NBA trade deadlines, there were many Celtics games altered for the worse by the happy-go-lucky, jump shot-chucking ways of one, Nate Robinson.
As it turns out, the Celtics' second unit wasn't the only thing he soiled this year.
Nate was busted in the wee (no pun intended, I swear) hours of Thursday night for public urination, according to The Associated Press. The Oklahoman, a local paper now covering the reserve guard with the Oklahoma City Thunder, uncovered the details — he was apparently found relieving himself on the Main Street sidewalk in White Plains, N.Y., right outside a Barnes and Noble.
Now I've never been to White Plains before, but my gut says the words "Main Street" and "Barnes and Noble" don't exactly indicate a suitable place to do your business.
The OKC paper reported that Robinson was taken back to police headquarters, issued a ticket and released on $100 bail. He's got a court date scheduled for later this month.
And just like that, we're reminded of one very happy side benefit from the controversial Kendrick Perkins trade — thank heavens we're no longer worried about this nonsense back in Boston.
This week's news out of White Plains isn't that surprising if you know Nate. He earned his way out of New York because his big ego got him in Mike D'Antoni's doghouse. He similarly clashed with Doc Rivers in Boston, sticking to his stubborn style of play — settling for bad shots, stopping the ball movement and forgetting about defense for minutes at a time.
Perhaps his most memorable stinker in a Celtics uniform was the Christmas Day loss to the Magic. Robinson played 43 minutes in place of the injured Rajon Rondo and shot 2-for-15, including 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. Afterward, he fired off a tweet saying, "I gotta make some more shots for my team."
No, Nate, you've got to take fewer.
This is Nate Robinson — he does things his way, and you'd better get used to it. He's loud, he's arrogant and sometimes he does things that just floor you. Like peeing on a Main Street sidewalk.
The Celtics got rid of Nate because they couldn't handle the headaches. Conveniently, it worked out that his contract fit mathematically with Perkins' to bring in Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. Nate's the last of the four guys you'd remember in that trade, but unloading his little frame and big personality meant a lot to the Celtics. Their locker room was simpler, quieter and more peaceful after Feb. 24 with Krstic in Robinson's old locker.
Nate can afford the $100 bail back in White Plains. After all, he signed an $8.7 million contract with the C's last summer. But all too often these days, you find reasons to wonder if he's really worth it.