A frank conversation with Nate Robinson

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A frank conversation with Nate Robinson

LOS ANGELES -- Nate Robinson participated in his firstpractice as a Warrior on Thursday afternoon, and there is little doubt hellplay on Friday vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.I had a chance to sit and talk with Robinson for a fewminutes after practice. Heres the transcript:Steinmetz: Ive got to tell you Ivealready written that Im skeptical about the Warriors acquiring you.
Robinson: Its all good. Youre doingyour job.Steinmetz: What do you want to get donehere?Robinson: I just want to help the team win.Whatever the coach needs me to do, Ill do. Thats what Im here for. Ive beenaround the game a long time. Seen a lot of different things. Played with DavidLee (in New York). Ive been around seven years and counting, you know? Imstill trying to be a student of the game, learn from Coach (Mark Jackson), oneof the greatest point guards to ever play the game. Im here to bring energyoff the bench and contribute to the team.Steinmetz: How would you respond ifsomeone says Boston didnt want you, Oklahoma City didnt want you, so whyis it going to work out here?REWIND: Warriors sign Nate Robinson
Robinson: Why not?Steinmetz: Well, you know why peoplewould say that.Robinson: I dont care what they say.Coach already said hes not worried about the naysayers and my past. Hestalking about now and the future. Were moving forward and thats something Ilove about Coach. He sees me as a player. I have another start, a second chanceand this is a great opportunity. God blessed me with the ability to go throughthese struggles in my life and overcome them. Thats something Im trying to doagain. Just trying to prove to the Warriors and the fans and to my friends andfamily and to God that I can do it.RELATED: Nate Robinson career stats
Steinmetz: So its hit you that somepeople dont believe in you anymore.Robinson: Its been like that ever sinceI was a little boy. People say I cant do things which is fine. Its theiropinion. Everybody has their own opinion. Theyve got the First Amendment,freedom of speech to say whatever they want and I dont mind. I just love achallenge. I challenge myself to become a better person, a better player, a mancloser to God, a better father, a better son, a better brother.Steinmetz: Ive got to ask you about somethings that are out there about you. How about that you dont take the gameseriously enough Robinson: Thats their opinion. I takethe game serious enough for me. I play hard. Im a gamer. I practice hard. I dowhatever the coach asks. I dont have any problems. I carry myself in such apositive light so people take that as me not being serious. I love to smile,love to have a good time, love to be positive. Theres no reason to waste yourenergy on negative energy. I spend my time with positive energy. Thatssomething Ive been doing since I was a kid.Steinmetz: Have you ever been adistraction on a team or hurt a teams chemistry?Robinson: Never.Steinmetz: I want to get these out of theway, right off the bat.Robinson: Its OK, youre doing your job,like I said. All good.

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

BOX SCORE

SALT LAKE CITY — The Golden State Warriors needed less than nine minutes to open a 24-point lead over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Stephen Curry scored 26 points and the Warriors controlled the Jazz from start to finish in a 106-99 victory.

Curry had 14 points during a 29-1 run that made it 29-5. The Jazz's only lead of the game was 4-2.

"Loss of focus," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about the second half. "Our first quarter was great, we pushed the ball and our defensive intensity was fantastic. I think we let down. We started turning it over some careless, purposeless plays.

"We didn't really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish. Some defensive mistakes not getting out on shooters and they took advantage."

Kevin Durant added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds, Joe Ingles scored a career-high 21 points, and Shelvin Mack added a season-high 19.

The Jazz have four starters sidelined by injuries, including their top three scorers.

"I didn't do a good job of attacking throughout the game and I thought that was a good opportunity for me to attack," Durant said about the fourth quarter.

Golden State led 65-46 at halftime as the second unit allowed the Jazz to hang around and, technically, remain within striking distance. The urgency from the first quarter disappeared in the second half and the Jazz crept within five in the fourth quarter thanks to buckets from Mack and Ingles, but Durant closed the game with 11 in the final period.

"What we've discussed is just roles," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about surviving the injuries. "They can morph. They widen, they can narrow, they can do anything. Hopefully, on a team, guys are willing to evolve and adjust to what the team needs. That's really all we emphasized."

TIP-INS

Warriors: Rookie Patrick McCaw scored a career-high 10 points, all in the first half. ... Shaun Livingston took the night off to rest. ... Draymond Green was two assists shy of his 15th career triple-double. ... Green tweaked his ankle, but he and Kerr didn't seem overly concerned.

Jazz: Utah started the combination of Joe Johnson, Mack, Dante Exum, Gobert and Boris Diaw for the first time this season. ... Ingles hit a career-high five 3-pointers.

INJURED JAZZ

The Jazz were without four starters — Gordon Hayward (finger), Rodney Hood (hamstring), George Hill (toe) and Derrick Favors (knee). Utah has been dealing with injuries all season, but Thursday was their most depleted lineup to date.

"It's easy to be frustrated," Snyder said. "That's something you have to just fight against and make a decision to do the best with where we are.

"It's a credit to our guys really. We've got a group that has character. Over a longer period of time it becomes more challenging. ... Hopefully, there's a silver lining. We've got some guys that are getting minutes that may not be getting otherwise."

QUOTABLE

"This team, my first year was kind of a surprise and everybody seemed to love us. Now maybe it's changed a little bit. It honestly makes no difference to us." — Kerr.

ROLES

Snyder said roles morph, but Joe Johnson added that shouldn't be a difficult thing night-to-night.

"This is our profession, man," Johnson said. "This is what we signed up for. This is what we do. When you're number's called, you've got to be ready regardless of the circumstances."

UP NEXT

Warriors: Golden State travels to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in the third game of a five-game trip.

Jazz: Utah hosts a Sacramento Kings team on Saturday that has lost eight of 12 on the road.

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.                             

During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.

The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.

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