Novak checks 'Little Nathan' for celebration

January, 12, 2013
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Nate RobinsonNathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)Nate Robinson drew the ire of Steve Novak for his "discount double-check" celebrations Friday.
Steve Novak didn't appreciate former Knick Nate Robinson doing his "discount double-check" celebration on Friday night.

Novak took a shot at Robinson after the Knicks' loss to the Bulls, referring to the 5-9 Bulls guard as "Little Nathan."

When asked about Robinson doing his celebration on the Garden floor, Novak said, "It warms my heart, it really does. The best part about doing the belt is hearing the stories of all the little kids around the world that hit a 3-pointer and do the belt. You know, one day when little Nathan grows up, I hope that his dreams come true and he can be just like me."

Robinson got under Novak's skin when he did the sharpshooter's "discount double-check" celebration after knocking down a jumper over the sharpshooter in the second quarter.

Robinson, who had an erratic four-year tenure as a Knick, did the "double-check" belt again two minutes later after he drilled a three-pointer to put Chicago up 17.

Just call him Nate Novak.

The MSG faithful lustily booed Robinson's antics. Novak clearly didn't appreciate it.

Someone asked Novak if he'd ever played with Robinson.

"No," Novak said. "He's too young."

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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