Many Celtics fans became excited Tuesday night when news broke that Danny Ainge was trading away point guard Jameer Nelson to the Denver Nuggets, for former Celtic Nate Robinson.
That excitement quickly turned to mild disappointment however, after it became apparent the Celtics had no intention of keeping the 5-foot-9 guard. Instead, the transaction was made merely to save the Celtics some money this year and clear Nelson’s $2.5 million player option off the 2015-16 books. Robinson’s contract expires at the end of this season and the team has already bought him out this morning, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
That development means Robinson’s second stint as a Celtic lasted roughly around 12 hours. Still, that’s just long enough to give us a chance to reminiscence about Robinson’s first go-around with the Celtics. Robinson played in green from February 2010 all the way until trade deadline day in February 2011 when he was shipped away to Oklahoma City with Kendrick Perkins in the shocking Jeff Green deal.
Few players made as much of an “impression” as Robinson did in just 12 months with the team, so let’s take a look back at his most memorable moments as a Celtic.
5) Running a suicide at training camp in Shaq’s shoes (October 2011)
Nate Robinson’s shoe size is 10.5. Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe size is 22. So what happens when Robinson attempts to run a suicide in O’Neal’s shoes? You do the math.
4) Robinson scores 13 points in second quarter in Game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals (May 2010)
The shooting guard rode the pine for the majority of the Boston’s postseason run before getting his chance in second quarter of a pivotal Game 6 against the Orlando Magic. With Rajon Rondo ailing on the sideline, Robinson caught fire, scoring 13 of his 17 points in the frame to help carry the Celtics to a series-clinching win.
The outburst also proved head coach Doc Rivers could have become a fortune teller, after making these remarks about Robinson one month prior to his clutch performance in Game 6: “Nate is not in our rotation right now, but he’ll win a playoff game for us. There will be a game where we’re flat, and we’re going to need somebody to come in and make something happen, and Nate will do that. And I told him that yesterday. I told him there will be a game that he’s going to win us. He’s going to win us a playoff game.”
3) Nate Robinson dunks on Shaq in training camp (October 2010)
This was clearly staged, but that definitely does not matter. These two just loved pulling off these kinds of antics together throughout their time together in Boston.
2) Robinson and Glen Davis become Donkey and Shrek, NBA Finals Game 4 (June 2010)
It’s easy to forgot how much of an impact Robinson and Davis made in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis (18 points, 5 rebounds) and Robinson (12 points) carried Boston’s offense down the stretch of a pivotal Game 4 win against the Lakers, which tied the series up at 2-2. More importantly, it led to Robinson say this of the duo following Game 4: “We’re like Shrek and Donkey, best of friends.”
1. Nate Robinson attempts to jump on Paul Pierce’s back, fails in hilarious fashion (December 2010)
The setup: Pierce had just hit the game-winning jumper at Madison Square Garden in a hard fought regular season tilt with the New York Knicks. In the midst of doing a victory lap, Robinson wanted to get in on the celebration. Pierce wasn’t really looking for company during his showboating, so…well just watch. Ray Allen’s face says it all.