It's bad enough that the NBA has this Draconian "no public trade request ever!" rule that fines players if they even go as far as hinting that they'd like to play somewhere else. We're now forced to listen to clearly disgruntled players say they love playing for their team even when all their actions indicate otherwise.â†µ
But fining players for what their agents say? That's just cruel. Yet that's exactly what might happen to Knicks guard Nate Robinson, if the New York Daily News' Frank Isola is to be believed.â†µ
The NBA is considering fining Nate Robinson for his agent asking the Knicks to trade the veteran guard. A Knicks source told the Daily News that the league has investigated comments made by Aaron Goodwin in which he criticized Mike D'Antoni for benching Robinson.â†µ
Really, what is there to "investigate?" Goodwin said something to the effect of "I gotta do my client right and speak out when his coach refuses to play." That's it. That's what he said. And now Robinson is the one that might have to take the fall? I don't know which is worse: fining a guy for what someone else posted on his Twitter account (which has happened) or fining a guy for what his own agent (a guy working for your interests) says publicly.â†µ
Really, what's wrong with a little honesty once in a while?