New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay may have received a public snub from Dwyane Wade, but had a good sense of humor about it.
Emmanuel Mudiay went in for a jersey exchange, but Dwyane Wade gave him the Heisman.
After a loss to the Miami Heat, Mudiay approached the 13-time All-Star with the intent of swapping jerseys. The video via Bleacher Report clearly captures Wade telling Mudiay, “I’m already giving it away.”
As to be expected, the internet clowned Mudiay for his thirst trap. Mudiay for his part, despite having a career year has struggled to earn praise from the fans. His coach might love him, but Mudiay’s inefficient scoring, defense, and decision-making haven’t exactly made him a fan-favorite.
But credit Mudiay for having a sense of humor and not taking himself too seriously. “Mud” took to Twitter to defuse the situation.
Shooters shoot 😅 pic.twitter.com/BgGpVSSs9k
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) March 31, 2019
Mudiay is one of the few feathers in head coach David Fizdale’s cap when he talks about player development. According to Basketball Reference, Mudiay has posted career-bests in field-goal percentage and points per game.
But Mudiay is almost the complete opposite of a player favored by analytics. He gets most of his shots from the mid-range and he’s an inefficient and high-usage player which is a deadly combination.
A restricted free agent at the end of the year, the Knicks would most likely renounce him to make room from for other free-agents but could bring him back at a low price depending on his market value.
But much like Wade, the Knicks would be smart to give Mudiay the Heisman this summer.