On Friday night in New York, Nate Robinson decided that it was his turn to do the belt. Neither little Nate's Chicago Bulls nor the Knicks were defending The Basketball Champs Belt, which is currently the property of the Boston Celtics, but we'll let that slide for the sake of trying to earn ourselves some free publicity. After the game, Steve Novak decided to call out Robinson for using what Novak considers his move.
(via the Point Forward)
Loyal readers of this blog know that we've previously covered examples of players like Kevin Durant doing the belt, but somehow Novak still considers the move his. Oddly enough, Novak was man enough to call out Robinson, but he didn't call out Danny Granger after Granger did the same move against the Knicks last year during a game in which the Indiana Pacers were, in fact, actually defending the Belt.
While it's not nice to pick on little guys, we'll forgive Novak this time because he was clearly joking around. He still has a long way to go if he wants to enter the picking-on-the-little-guy Hall of Fame alongside Kevin Garnett.
Just like they did last year when Danny Granger did the belt, the Knicks lost the game. Maybe doing the belt somehow unhinges the Knicks' cast of crazies? After all, it was the Knicks' Rasheed Wallace who purchased WWE-style belts for the NBA champion Detroit Pistons back in 2004, and Tyson Chandler was one of several Dallas Mavericks who raised a custom-made NBA championship belt when celebrating the Mavericks' 2011 championship in Miami.
Novak was actually part of the 2010-11 Mavericks team that went on to win the title, but he was released about two months into the season. In fact, it wasn't until he joined the Knicks the following season that he started his belt routine.
I think we're on to something.