AGENTS ARE SUPPOSED to get money for athletes, not cost them it.

Apparently, Aaron Goodwin didn't get the memo.

Knicks guard Nate Robinson is $25,000 poorer because Goodwin told reporters he'd asked that his client be traded.

Players are not allowed to make such demands and the league fined Robinson for statements detrimental to the league even though it was Goodwin, not him, who did the talking.

Imagine that. Goodwin says the words and Robinson gets the fine. And you thought ventriloquists were the only one who worked with dummies.

"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 told the Associated Press yesterday.

Robinson, the two-time NBA slam dunk champion, hasn't played in the last 12 games. He averaged a career-high 17.2 points last season, became a free agent, and re-signed a 1-year deal.

According to sources, Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni did not want Robinson back.

Last week, Goodwin blamed D'Antoni for Robinson's lack of playing time.

"I can't allow Nate to rot on Mike's bench and not do anything about it. I can't allow this to happen to his career," Goodwin told the New York Daily News. "It's clear that Mike D'Antoni doesn't want to play him."

Since then, Knicks president Donnie Walsh has said he may be open to trading Robinson.

Whether he will or not . . . well that's the $25,000 question.

It seems like it happened yesterday

On this date in 1978, late great Ohio State coach Woody Hayes threw a punch at a Clemson player during the Gator Bowl.

The incident happened after Clemson guard Charlie Bauman stepped out of bounds on the Buckeyes sideline after intercepting an Art Schlichter pass with a little more than 2 minutes to go in the game. Clemson went on to win, 17-15.

Hayes was fired the next day and never coached again.

- Tom Mahon