PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 June, 1999, 12:00am

Longtime San Antonio Spurs mainstay David 'The Admiral' Robinson admits he has shown a little uncharacteristic emotion lately.

'It's been my job mainly to be the steadying force for the most part,' said Robinson, whose leadership abilities have been questioned when past Spurs teams underachieved.

'I let those guys, Mario [Elie] and Avery [Johnson], kick up the emotion. They do a great job with that. But, boy, when I see us playing together and working hard together, it gets me fired up. I'm jumping up and down.' Speaking after the Spurs beat the New York Knicks for the second time in two games in the best-of-seven NBA Finals, Robinson said: 'First game, I was doing that in the first quarter. That's really uncharacteristic. I think it was Finals fever.

'But it's my job to keep us real steady. It's a 48-minute game, we have to grind it out.

'Playing the Knicks is not easy. They are very explosive. Those guys run all over the place. They get to the boards extremely well. I know a couple times I'm cursing myself for letting them get to the boards, offensive boards.

'They're just relentless. They never stop. So it's not easy.'