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New Thunder guard Nate Robinson in drive-in heaven

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: February 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm •  Published: February 26, 2011

Robinson said he has been friends with All-Star forward Kevin Durant, paid attention to Russell Westbrook during his days at UCLA and Thunder forward Nick Collison "has always been cool to me."

At the end of his first practice with the Thunder, a demonstrative and boisterous Robinson battled guard Eric Maynor in a free-throw shooting contest. Robinson also buried several 3-pointers with his non-shooting (left) hand and observed while fellow guards attempted between-the-leg dunks.

How much playing time Robinson will get is uncertain.

Westbrook is an All-Star point guard and he has a solid backup in Maynor. Defensive ace Thabo Sefolosha starts at shooting guard and James Harden is the first guard off the bench. Thunder coach Scott Brooks already struggles to find playing time for reserve guards Daequan Cook and Royal Ivey.

"Hard work. Hustle. A lot of energy," Robinson said when asked to describe his game. "I'm going to try to match the fans and their energy. I think I've got a lot of it to give. Something I'm always going to do is play hard, no matter what. It doesn't matter if it's five minutes, three seconds, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, doesn't matter. Whenever my number's called, I'll be ready."


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