Knicks’ Robinson fined $25,000 for agent’s remarks

Benched New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was fined $25,000 by

the NBA on Monday after his agent made a trade request.

Robinson has not played in the Knicks’ last 12 games. A two-time

winner of the All-Star slam dunk contest, he has played in only 12

games this season and is averaging 11 points.

Agent Aaron Goodwin recently told reporters he’d asked the

Knicks to move Robinson to another team. Robinson was fined for

statements detrimental to the NBA.

“Players are not permitted to make trade requests publicly and

are responsible for public statements relating to them made by

their representatives,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

Goodwin said the benching was personal, not basketball related.

A day after Goodwin’s comments on Dec. 19, Knicks president Donnie

Walsh said he would probably begin talks with the agent about a

trade.

Goodwin didn’t immediately respond to telephone and e-mail

messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Robinson averaged a career-high 17.2 points last season as the

Knicks’ sixth man. He was a restricted free agent in the offseason

and re-signed with a one-year contract.