Wednesday, April 24, 2013
C.J.: Nate can say whatever he wants
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson said Monday that he and Brooklyn Nets point guard C.J. Watson don't like each other.
"We're just competitors," Robinson said after the Bulls evened their Eastern Conference quarterfinals with the Nets at one game apiece. "I don't like him, he don't like me. That's how it's going to be. There's animosity between the two of us, and for us, that's good."
Watson said Wednesday he heard about Robinson's comments when he came into the gym for practice.
"I mean, he can say whatever he wants to say," Watson told ESPN New York.com. "I'm just trying to win at the end of the day, so that's what it is."
But is the feeling mutual?
Watson chuckled, before saying, "I mean, obviously you know we don't like each other. I mean, I really don't talk to him off the court. It is what it is."
Both players have been effective coming off the bench in the first two games of the best-of-7 series. Robinson is averaging 14 points, while Watson is averaging 12 points.
Game 3 is Thursday night at United Center.
"This series isn't about me or Nate," Watson said. "It's about trying to go out there and win. If it was anyone else that I was mostly going up against -- if I was mostly playing against Kirk Hinrich -- I mean it'd probably be the same against him. So it's not just me against Nate, it's about being competitive and trying to go out there and win and not backing down and not trying to lose."
"When you don't like somebody and you're playing against somebody, you want to destroy the other person," Robinson said Monday. "You want to shut that person down. You want to do good, so for me, it's just a lot of confidence.
"He makes it competitive, and that's how it should be. That's how the game should be played. When you play against guys on other teams, you shouldn't like them."