the Celtics coach wouldn't mind getting the chance to coach Robinson,
even if he's high-maintenance. "Doc thinks he can connect with
anybody," said the source.
As much as he's a Garden favorite, Robinson has often been a
headache for D'Antoni and was benched for 14 straight games earlier
this season. During that time Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin, wanted the Knicks to trade Robinson because he felt that D'Antoni's problems with his client were personal.
Robinson rejoined the rotation Jan.1 and has helped the Knicks in
recent weeks. So if they were to deal him by next month's trading
deadline, they'd want to get a player back who also has an expiring
contract – Robinson has a one-year deal at $4 million – and who also
would help them make the playoffs. The Celtics can't offer the Knicks
any such player.