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Steve Novak calls Nate Robinson ‘Little Nathan’ after Robinson mocks his three-point celebration

Jan 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Steve Novak AP

Steve Novak has adopted the “discount double check” as his go-to celebration for hitting big three-pointers. It’s the same one Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made famous on the football field, and then even more so after appearing in a series of insurance commercials.

The celebration is weak by NBA standards, but hey, to each his own. Whether you like it or not, it is unquestionably Novak’s, in that he’s the one known for bringing it to the professional basketball court.

Nate Robinson of the Bulls decided it was just fine to use it himself on Friday, doing it twice in the second quarter while facing Novak’s Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Robinson’s threes were part of a run that blew the game open for Chicago, and helped them to beat the Knicks for the third time this season.

No one believes that Robinson wasn’t aware that he was mocking Novak by doing this, and afterward, Novak was asked about Robinson’s antics. He referred to Robinson as “Little Nathan” while questioning his maturity, and possibly was taking a shot at Robinson’s diminutive physical stature, as well.

It’s a funny enough response from Novak, although if you don’t want other teams’ players celebrating on your home court or mocking you in the process, it’s real simple — stop them from hitting shots and play some defense to avoid getting blown out while the game is actually taking place.

Robinson obviously heard about Novak’s comments, and posted the following response to his Twitter account Friday night.

The Knicks and the Bulls will meet for the final time during the regular season in Chicago on April 11.

  1. nbascreed - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Real talk…I thought Nate had been doing something like this for a while. I think the reporter baited Novak and he took it. Either way nothing really worth seeing here…except now I know what FOH means…ha!!!

  2. raidmagic - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I love that that move is better known as the discount double check rather than it’s intended meaning.

    • gmsingh - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      The question is, does it make people think of State Farm Insurance. Regardless, Aaron Rodgers is probably well compensated for that ad campaign. I’m not sure how Nate thinks he fits in to all of that.

  3. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    What else are you going to do or say when your team looks like one and done folder in the coming playoffs?

    Dear Knick fans, you do know that your team is in big trouble if it gets a first round match-up with anyone not from Brooklyn or Milwaukee right? Oh I know you will attempt to pain Felton and Shumpert as series changing All-stars, which is laughable, but won’t change the fact that an injury free Bulls, Pacer, Heat team will step over a injury free Knicks team, and the Hawks and Celtics can flip a coin vs the Knicks.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM


    • earoyce - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      No one is painting Felton as an all-star, but it’s undeniable the Knicks are significantly better with him in the lineup. Also, Shumpert is the Knicks best defender. I remember him shutting down D-Rose last year…so to say the return of both players won’t have an impact is comical.

      • savvybynature - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        Did you seriously just say that Shumpert is a better defender than Tyson Chandler?!?

        Someone is chugging the Kool-Aid.

    • badintent - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:11 AM

      Nice Suns beatdown on your Bulls, keep up the great work, you guys won’t even make the 8th seed but you’ll come up smellling better than a Rose.You can compare notes with the Fakers.

    • saint1997 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:31 AM

      that right there is plain stupidity on too many levels to attempt to correct you on

  4. eagles512 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Can’t stand Robinson. He’s a little punk. But Novaks celebration is ridiculous to do on a basketball court.

  5. money2long - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    novak adopted the “discount double check” because he is a wisconsin native and he was honoring his favorite team, the green bay packers located in his hometown wisconsin, by doing the move.

    • money2long - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      i love how some people are thumbing down, like this is not a fact. he said this himself. from his own mouth. everyone who thumb’d down are idiots.

      • mytthor - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Maybe they’re thumbs downing you because you don’t know the difference between a town and a state.

      • money2long - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        the term hometown is conventionally used differently than the word ‘town’ ..usually when someone says “hometown” (rather than town) they are just speaking in terms of where the person is from in general. nice try though. you thought you were funny. you internet geek.

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        How bout those Packers…whadaya mean, “no”?

      • gmsingh - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Hey, isn’t about time to start calling it “discount double choke” again in honor of the Packers’ choke job?

  6. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Weak celebration by NBA standards? IDK about that, I love when Novak does his thang, It gets me all hype and I’m not even a Knick fan. I would have to say my fav celebration would be the Sam Cassell “Donkey Nuts”, or whatever you wanna call it. The Mark Jackson shimmy and the Mutombo finger wag were pretty cool too.

    • drunkenjunk - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Mutombo’s finger wag was the best.

  7. asublimeday - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    And the bulls will whip that ass again

    • saint1997 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      record mate

  8. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Novak isn’t by any means considered a “big man” or a “big”, but at 6”10 he’s still over a foot taller then “Little Nathan”. However, if it was a scrap between the two, I would put my $$$ on Lil’ Nathan!

  9. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I’m shocked that Robinson spelled everything correctly.

  10. volcom2143 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I hate that burst everyone’s bubble but it Is not Aaron Rodger’s or Steve Novak’s move . Freddie Mitchell first started it for the philadelphia eagles . He did it after first down catches bc he was the people’s champ ( so he thought ) so really everyone is ripping off him . That is all . Thank you

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Completely wrong, Tie Domi of the NHL was way ahead of the Eagles Freddie Mitchell for the Championship Belt move and I’m fairly certain Hulk Hogan was ahead of them all.

      1991 Bobby Probert vs Tie Domi
      Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of Freddie Mitchell

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        55 seconds in… discount double checkin’

  11. cantonbound13 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Who cares about Nate? He’ll be out of the league in a year while Steve will be raining threes at the garden.

  12. delusionalcardsfan - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Packers swallow.

  13. lsilva0492 - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    that move originated from triple H in the WWE not Mitchell or Rodgers!

    • mytthor - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      It originated in pro wrestlng but way before HHH. I remember Macho Man Randy Savage doing it way back in the day. RIP

  14. pacemakin21 - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Nate has been doing the double check for a couple months now.

  15. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Who cares who started it? Rodgers is by far the most famous player to use it, and turned it into “his” move. Mitchell was on the eagles so nobody but eagles fans remembers him, and not enough people care about hockey to give the other any credit. Novak does it as a Wisconsin native and GB fan.

  16. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Na, na, naaa…It’s MY move! I started it way back in ’83!! LOL


  17. isaiahforreal - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    “FOH” has to be one of the funniest acronyms of all time lol

  18. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Nate has become quite the a-hole since leaving the Big Apple.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      He caught the a-hole disease so prevalent among New Yawkers.

  19. philtration - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Since the Bulls have owned the Knicks forever I think Novak was just trying to tell the refs that he believed the Bulls were using strap-on during the game.

  20. chicagofan - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    I recall Ladanian Tomlinson whinning when the Patriots mocked Shawn Merriman’s dance after spanking them in the playoffs. Novak should save his celebration until he gets a ring or a belt and take off that lipstick he was wearing the night the Celtics beat him and Mr Honeynut cheerios.Packers suck anyway.

  21. adm350 - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Hey brother…don’t disrespect Hulkamania.They’re all a bunch of copycats chumps. A tall white Craig Hodges, an angry midget …..signed, The Hulkster (I am a Real American playing in background)

  22. cantonbound13 - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Trash talk should not be allowed by the 12th man on the team

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