Look, I’m all for short players competing in the National Basketball Association. The relaxation of the once-strict no-zone rules in the NBA allowed short players to thrive in the league. In the old days, Nate Robinson would have been isolated every time an opponent had the ball. Now, NBA coaches can employ whatever defense they want, which means undersized players are not constantly attacked.
Earl Boykins, all 5-foot-4 of him, would have lasted a couple games in the old NBA system. With the new defensive rules, he enjoyed a long career and earned a massive stack of cash.
Still, I’m wondering about the Nuggets decision to sign Robinson to play alongside Ty Lawson in the backcourt. If you’re looking for the No. 1 reason why the Golden State Warriors upset the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs, I have it for you:
Lawson is not a strong defender. He’s not even a decent defender. He’s a whiz with the ball in his hands. He struggles to guard anybody of NBA caliber. The main reason? Lawson is short.
Robinson is even shorter. There’s talk of next season’s edition of the Nuggets becoming tougher, edgier and more dangerous in playoffs. Not sure how Robinson does anything to help the Nuggets in any of those categories.