New York Knicks Kevin Knox
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The losing streak seems to be taking a toll on Kevin Knox. The New York Knicks rookie shot back at fans who are rooting for losses.

Kevin Knox is showing a lot of promise in his rookie season for the New York Knicks, but that hasn’t translated to winning. Many Knicks fans are rooting for losses in the hopes of landing a high draft pick in the lottery.

This doesn’t sit well with Knox and the rookie didn’t hold back on those fans:

“Yeah, a lot of fans, they always say some dumb stuff,’’ Knox told Marc Berman of the New York Post at the morning shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. “You see it all the time with the tanking and want us to lose, stuff like that. It’s kind of stupid. They’re not really true New Yorkers. Real Knicks fans know that we’re trying to just take this year to just develop us young guys and then next year hopefully make a push.”

His competitive edge is admirable, but referring to Knicks fans as “not really true New Yorkers” is a bad idea. It’s easy to understand his frustration, but attacking the fans is never a bright idea.

Knox hasn’t even been in New York for a full year. It’s a little early for him to be talking about what makes a “true New Yorker.”

Of course, one of Knox’s redeeming qualities at the moment is his youth. Knicks fans should be willing to forgive and forget Knox for this gaffe. He’s frustrated with the way the season is going and these comments are a product of that frustration.

Knox, 19, is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dull season. He probably shouldn’t make criticizing the fans a habit, but this can be a good lesson for the rookie.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.