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What the Warriors Need Is … More Nate Robinsons?

Warriors guard Nate Robinson exuded more energy and resolve in his post-practice interview Tuesday than the Warriors did in their collapse against Memphis.

ROBINSON: “We’ve got all the talent, all the skills in the world. We’ve got guys who can play … We’ve just got to be a little bit tougher. That’s the only thing we need is toughness. It’s just a matter of how much they believe and how much they want it.”

 

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Coach Mark Jackson admitted he should have played Robinson more down the stretch. He said he took Robinson out because of a few careless mistakes. But in hindsight, Jackson said Robinson brings what the Warriors’ needed: toughness, hustle, experience.

So, in essence, the Warriors need more players like Nate Robinson. Imagine that.

Here is Robinson expounding on what’s holding the Warriors back.

Does this team need to bring in players who know how to win?

“We’ve got enough guys on this team who know how to win. You’ve just got to be a fighter and a winner. You just have to believe. We have that. It’s just taking a little bit of time.”

So it boils down to toughness and not skill?

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“We’ve got to do whatever it takes to win. If we’ve got to dive for loose balls on the ground, if we’ve got to outhustle and out-scrap guys. I’ve been on teams where we’re getting blown out, like the Memphis game, and come back and win because we just out-scrapped them. We’re not going to do everything right, but we’ve got to do everything hard. Referees, they tend to reward the teams that just play hard, that just go after it. If there’s a loose ball, and we’re the first ones to go to it, and the other guys are late, other guy is going to get the foul. They always see the second. They don’t see the first. If we act first, we’re good. So we’ve got to keep playing and we’re good.”

How are you guys feeling after that tough loss?

“It hurts. It’s a deep cut. But at the same time, we got another game coming up. And a good thing about how this season is short, you get on a three, four game winning streak, everything turns around. Another team might lose three or four in a row, then you’re right back in the hunt. Long as we put two wins together at a time. I think we’ll be OK. Put a couple streaks together, we’ll be OK.”

 

Marcus Thompson

  • Bobby G

    The Bobby G of a month ago would slap me across the face if he knew that I actually now think Nate Robinson was a very solid pickup. He shows signs of trying to do too much, but as long as it’s not him jacking bad 3′s I don’t think you can be too upset with him trying to make a flashy pass off a steal.

    Sometimes you wish like… dude, just be calm for a possession you’re missing some open guys, but overall he’s been well worth his $1M.

    I kinda think Mark Jackson is afraid to take Steph and Monta out. He’s a brand new coach, he’ll get second guessed into oblivion if he doesn’t go with the fan-appointed stars on the team. Coaches like Pop and Doc Rivers and Carlisle that are given the benefit of the doubt are given that because they’ve made those bizarre moves over their careers that have shown to be fruitful. We’ll see.

  • chris

    Kwame’s injury is the real killer here. Steph is a shooting guard. Mark Jackson lost that game for us last night. Nate should be a starter right now anyway so Steph’s ankle can heal. It’s a perfect solution that is not being implemented right now. Worst 4th qt. in W’s history?

  • Ewok

    Allow me to support my contention that the Warriors have improved defensively with the following leads…

    Check the scores of the games they lost. How many of these games were convincing losses? I believe its Just two.

    Check the average of the total points they allow so far in this season compared to the past seasons…

    Check how the bench players kept the team in the game in more than one occassion, especially Robinson, Rush and Mcguire. They were creating stops than scores if one is to observer closely.

    So my point is this, its easy to say or theorize that if we have Kobe this, and Dwight that type of player, we can surely make a difference or a winning streak, but that is not the essence of the sport at all!!!.

    It is how you play as a team! Look at Miami with their strong roster, they got beat by Dallas last year, look at the Lakers back in the day with Shaq, Kobe, Malone and Payton, they were beaten by the unsang, uncelebrated roster of Detroit led by Billups and company. I remember once a upon a time, Portland had Stoudamire, Smith, Pippen, Wallace and Sabonis, where did this team go? Gone fishing!

    It’s all about being the same page and bringing together their collective talent and intelligence. Pretty much like what OKC is doing right now.

    In the case of the Warriors, they still have a bit of work to do but they are getting there. If they could develop a KILLER INSTINCT in both their defensive and offensive game, they will be hard to beat because the talent and athleticsm is there… and i am glad that Nate Robinson’s take supports this contention.

    To develop this Killing Instinct, they have to DESPISE and not just hate, losing. They have to DELIGHT IN DESTROYING the will of their opponent and settle not for any single prisoner, and most of all, they have to command fear. To take a refuge of comfort on a 20 pt lead is nothing but immaturity, neglect, and procrastination. Actually, injustice.

    This is how you develop your team identity.

    Now,In as much as i generally agree with Mark Jackson so far, I also have my questions about his coaching decisions such as..

    The Basketball arguement he has on why he opted for Earl Barron instead of a role banger like former Warrior, Chris Hunter. Barron is soft and a tweener, and he is not providing quality minutes at all while Biedrins is clearly regressing rapidly. Biedrins by the way is bound to be injured again before the end of the season. The reason? Aside from his injury history, He is a typical “Warrior.” So when that time happens, who will replace him? Barron with his jumpshot? No way!

    Another questionable move Jackson did which i don’t understand is how he underestimated David Lee and Ekpe Udoh in defending Dwight Howard. These guys were able to control Howard last year… They limited him to 13 pts. By doing Hack a Shaq, Jackson failed to show confidence with his guys in defending Howard…

    Another wonder i have about Mark Jackson is his
    non-preference with Jeremy Tyler and Chris Wright. These are two extra bodies he can use… But coaching is hard job. Very stressful. Just look at the adage, “Player wins games, Coaches lose games”

    What Jackson should do now, is to develop a certain fast and furious mentality, and that is the Killing instinct they need to subscribe to in order to establish results… In order to establish a Team Identity!

  • Ewok

    I believe Nate Robinson’s take supports my contention about they need to establish in terms of game approach…

    However before i explain this, allow me to support my contention that the Warriors have improved defensively with the following leads…

    Check the scores of the games they lost. How many of these games were convincing losses?

    Check the average of the total points they allow so far in this season compared to the past seasons…

    Check how the bench players kept the team in the game in more than one occassion, especially Robinson, Rush and Mcguire. They were creating stops than scores if one is to observer closely.

    So my point is this, its easy to say that if we have Kobe this, and Dwight that type of player, we can surely make a difference, but that is not the essence of the sport. It is how you play as a team! Look at Miami with their strong roster, they got beat by Dallas last year, look at the Lakers back in the day with Shaq, Kobe, Malone and Payton, they were beaten by the unsang, uncelebrated roster of Detroit led by Billups and company.

    It’s all about being the same page and bringing together their collective talent and intelligence.

    In the case of the Warriors, they still have a bit of work to do but they are getting there. If they could develop a Killer Instinct in both their defensive and offensive game, they will be hard to beat because the talent and athleticsm is there.

    To develop this Killing Instinct, they have to despise and not just hate, losing. They have to delight in destroying the will of their opponent and settle not for any single prisoner, and most of all, they have to command fear.

    This is how you develop your team identity.

    In as much as i generally agree with Mark Jackson so far, I also have my questions about his coaching decisions such as..

    The Basketball wisdom he has on why he opted for Earl Barron instead of a role banger like Chris Hunter. Barron is soft and a tweener, and he is not providing quality minutes at all while Biedrins is clearly regressing rapidly. Biedrins by the way is bound to be injured again before the end of the season. The reason? Aside from his injury history, He is a typical “Warrior.”

    Another questionable move Jackson did which i don’t understand is how he underestimated David Lee and Ekpe Udoh in defending Dwight Howard. These guys were able to control Howard last year… They limited him to 13 pts. By doing Hack a Shaq, Jackson failed to show confidence with his guys in defending Howard…

    Another question i have about Mark Jackson is his non preference with Jeremy Tyler and Chris Wright. These are two extra bodies he can use…

    What Jackson should do now, is to develop a certain mentality, and that is the Killing instinct they need to subscribe to in order to establish results…

  • Kenny Seagle, Emperor of the North

    AHOY THERE MATEYS !!!!

    kenny thinks GSW should have a back up F/C who is big size scale up version of nate robinson

    he get 25 mins off the bench & puts a thumpin on opposeing 4s & 5s

    ANY QUESTIONS ????

  • MoreauFan2

    Mark jackson is making rookie coaching mistakes and that is expected, but if they cant turn it around he will be out of there and they will replace him with Mike Malone, his top assistant.

  • rotfogel

    What the Warriors desperately need to do is tank the season. The abundance of big men in the 2012 draft is WAY too good for the Ws to pass up on. Jared Sullinger, Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson. Even Harrison Barnes at 6-8 would be a great pick up. Great draft, unlike the mike dunleavey #3 overall pick draft…2002?

    This season is officially over. There should be no more ridiculous talk of the playoffs. It’s insulting to warrior fans who have been here for a long time. Mark Jackson’s rotations remind me of Dave Cowens’. Not good. But for the sake of continuing to lose, we NEED to keep Mark Jackson. He will take us to the promise land (2012 draft).

  • Dave

    How exactly are they supposed to tank? I never understand the tanking argument. The coach won’t tank because he will be out of a job. The players won’t tank because it will make them look bad and earn less money on their next contract. Ownership won’t take because they want people to go to the games and spend money. How exactly are they supposed to tank when nobody will agree to tank and they aren’t bad enough to tank?

  • Riponrol

    They should have signed David West as a free agent instead of Kwame Brown (and now Barron). They also should have used their amnesty on Biedrins.

  • Ewok

    Tanking the season to get a good pick for 2012 will not cut it. WE GAVE UP OUR PICK fot the next years draft on the Marcus Williams deal. Were stuck with what we have. Live with it.

  • Vorp

    Warriors Offensive system breakdown: (good video showing plays the warriors ran from the Memphis meltdown)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtU8bxH-bHQ&feature=plcp&context=C398bbe4UDOEgsToPDskLWh-xNlQ7ZOJtBTVfgV6Pq

  • rotfogel

    Ewok,
    The trade is protected. We get it if it’s in the top 7. This draft is loaded. Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope…please help us tank the season. If we try to make the playoffs, we won’t, at best we’ll be 8 games out…but that’ll screw us out of the pick. No Dice!

  • Ron

    More Nate Robinson’s? How about a center and a play that will work in crunch time.

  • moreaufan2

    yeah I say trade Nate and get a big or another two guard!

  • moreaufan2

    yep then they could have offered more money for a big man that can score, we shud try to get Kaman. he seems like a big that can score and put a body on ya to defend in the post