The NBA punished Nate Robinson for comments made by his agent, Aaron Goodwin, about Robinson's status with the team, which included a trade request. The Knicks guard was hit with a $25,000 fine for "public statements detrimental to the NBA."
Though Robinson, himself, never said anything about being traded -- in fact, he said he wanted to remain a Knick -- the league said the statements in question were made by Goodwin, who spoke to various news agencies on Dec. 19, after he told the Knicks that Robinson wanted to be traded.
Some of the strongest words Goodwin had were directed at Mike D'Antoni. He suggested to several media outlets that the reason to bench Robinson was personal, not basketball-related.
NBPA president Billy Hunter told Newsday the union will appeal the fine and said "It is not merited or justified by the circumstances."
Robinson, who averaged a career-high 17.2 points per game last season, has not played in 12 straight games.