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.”
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?
“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.”