As the Chicago Bulls played the 2012-2013 NBA season without star point guard Derrick Rose, they relied heavily on a group of guards to carry over the point guard duties. One such guard, and undoubtedly the most exciting of the group that saw the floor for Chicago, was veteran Nate Robinson.
In 82 games last season for the Bulls, Robinson averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds and one steal in 25.4 minutes per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and a fantastic 40.5 percent from long-range. Robinson had one of his best seasons of his career in Chicago last year and looked like he might finally be putting it all together.
However, the Bulls chose not to re-sign the 29-year-old Robinson this summer, with the guard eventually finding a landing spot with the Denver Nuggets for the 2013-2014 NBA season. As the Nuggets traveled to Chicago for a preseason game, though, Robinson talked about what could have been and how he still has love for the Bulls.
Robinson talked to the Chicago Tribune and said that he missed the Bulls and his teammates from last season. However, he also said that he understood why the Bulls chose to not to re-sign him for this year, offering up a bit of humorous logic. Robinson was quoted in the report as saying, “Why have Nate Robinson when you have D-Rose?” Fair point, Nate.
Though Nate was obviously joking a bit, as he tends to do, it’s really the truth. With Rose playing big minutes this season in Chicago, there wouldn’t be much of a role for Robinson to fill. Him playing for the Nuggets is better for him because it allows his talent to be maximized and for him to see the floor. Robinson may just be kidding, but he’s got a point.