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Wilson Chandler happy about Nate Robinson reunion

Former teammates connect again with the Denver Nuggets

Nuggets teammates Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler spent three seasons together with the New York Knicks.
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One of Nate Robinson’s goals this season is to keep Wilson Chandler smiling.

He’s off to a good start.

Chandler was all smiles when he heard that Robinson was signing with the Nuggets last month. The two became good friends while playing for the New York Knicks from 2007-10.

“He’s one of the most genuine guys in the NBA,” Chandler said. “A lot of the stuff in the NBA is about perception. He’s just being himself all the time. That’s what makes him one of the most genuine people.”

Chandler also appreciates Robinson’s talent.

Robinson was a catalyst for the Chicago Bulls during their playoff run last spring, averaging 16.3 points and 4.4 assists following a productive regular season. With point guard Derrick Rose set to return from knee surgery, he sought an opportunity in Denver.

It couldn’t have worked out better in Chandler’s eyes.

“He’s fearless,” Chandler said. “He’s very versatile as a player. He can pass, he can score, he can play defense and he’s athletic. He’s going to play hard, period, on both ends of the floor and do whatever the team needs him to do.”

Chandler, who assisted Robinson during the 2009 slam dunk contest, said the news of their reunion in Denver came as a total surprise: “I didn’t even know we were looking at him.”

The two now will sit in adjacent lockers. It promises to be a spirited setup as the boisterous Robinson interacts with the calm, quiet Chandler.

“He laughs and giggles, but other than that, Wilson’s a quiet guy,” Robinson said. “I’m the total opposite. It’s going to work. Opposites attract.”