Outlet Pass: More Nate, Daniel$ + Airball Andres

“Nate Robinson is among the leading candidates for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, but he could wind up finishing the season as a starter if Chris Duhon’s various ailments continue to limit his performance. Despite Robinson’s dynamic offensive production during the past month, coach Mike D’Antoni prefers to use him as the first player off the bench because it allows Robinson to enter the game as a scorer. If he were to start, the 5-9 combo guard would need to be more of a facilitator than someone who looks for his shot on almost every possession, which is what Robinson has been doing lately. And with great success. Robinson is averaging 27.2 points and 19.1 field-goal attempts in the last 13 games. He is making nearly half his shots (49.1 percent) in that span.”
New York Newsday

“Marquis Daniels puts the financially-strapped Indiana Pacers in a tough position every time he shows his value on the court. The team will have to decide before June 30 whether Daniels is worth the $7.4 million he’ll make next season if the Pacerspick up his option. The Pacers could let him become an unrestricted free agent and try to sign him to a long-term deal at a lower annual salary. Both parties are in an awkward position. Daniels plays on the wing, where the Pacers have the most depth, and the salary cap will be lower next season. Rookie Brandon Rush, Jarrett Jack and Danny Granger play the same position. There’s also the uncertainty of when Mike Dunleavy will return from knee surgery and how effective he’ll be. Daniels is adopting Larry Bird’s wait-and-see approach.”
Indianapolis Star

“The shot was terrible,” Andres Nocioni said of his open 19-foot baseline jumper that sailed over the rim with 6.9 seconds remaining against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Arco Arena and would have tied the score 97-97. The Kings lost 99-98. “I don’t know what I did,” he said. “It was a crazy shot. I was surprised for it to be so long. I’m a little frustrated over that. I don’t need this kind of shot in my career.” Nocioni, who played impressively on both ends of the floor leading up to the airball, said he agreed with Kings interim coach Kenny Natt that being wide open might have contributed to the miss.”
Sacramento Bee

“The Sixers play their final game tonight in the Wachovia Spectrum, their home in the 1982-83 NBA championship season. The Sixers played in the Spectrum from 1967 to ’96. Expect tonight to be one of nostaglia, highlighted by a halftime ceremony for the title team, including Julius Erving.”

“Stephen Jackson says he’s bigger and stronger than ever after adding 10 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-8 frame and tipping the scales at 235 pounds. His teammates offer up a slightly different view. “I don’t know how he put on that much weight,” said Kelenna Azubuike, the Warriors’ resident bodybuilding champ. “But I guess it’s all muscle.” “It’s just fat,” Andris Biedrins joked. “Who said it was muscle?” 
San Francisco Chronicle 

“Everybody wants to start,” Trevor Ariza said. “I’m not even going to say I didn’t, but I figured if I come off the bench, everybody would be happy.” He thought it meant more to some of his teammates to start, so way back in training camp he tried to defuse a potentially negative situation. Vladimir Radmanovic had made clear he loved starting, and Walton has preferred it in the past. Lamar Odom also squawked when camp opened about being benched before he accepted his reserve fate. Odom eventually earned kudos for accepting his seat, and Ariza actually suggested Thursday night that “it started with Lamar.” But let it be known that Ariza quietly had the right attitude all along — even though it’s his free-agent season, same as Odom’s. ”
Orange County Register