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Fiery Nate gets profile in Sports Illustrated

MILWAUKEE - Nate Robinson's energy was once again a major factor for the Knicks in last night's 120-112 win over the Bucks. But his mouth continues to also be a factor on the bench.

During one timeout in the third quarter, when Robinson jawed at the referees while he walked to the bench, Mike D'Antoni barked at Robinson to "just play." The two then got into a heated exchange in the huddle.

D'Antoni said he was "a little bit" fired up at the fiery 5-9 guard, who was "blowing up against the referees, me, teammates and other players."

"He just needs to find that happy place," D'Antoni said of Robinson. "He has to be calm, attack it surgically, because when he does that, he's really, really good."

The latter is why he is profiled in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands today. Robinson tells SI's L. Jon Wertheim, "Being 5-9, I wouldn't have it no other way. Guys on the team are like, 'How good would you be if you were 6-8?' But then I wouldn't be who I am. It's like Charles Darwin's theory: Survival of the fittest. I survive. If I were on "Lost," I'd be the last man standing. You know that, right?"

Honoring legends

The Knicks will honor the greatest players from each decade in franchise history during a halftime ceremony of the March 23 game against the Magic.

The list includes Carl Braun (1940s), Richie Guerin (1950s), Willis Reed (1960s), Walt Frazier (1970s), Bernard King (1980s) and Patrick Ewing (1990s). Dick McGuire, who has been with the team as a player, coach and scout for over 50 years, will also be honored with a Legacy Award.

Curry not in plans

Eddy Curry was in uniform but is still nowhere near ready to play, according to D'Antoni. Both Curry and the Knicks hope to part ways this summer with a trade, but it would be a lot easier to move him and the remaining two years and $21.7 million on his contract if he actually got on the court.

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