New York Knicks fans were having a party outside MSG after the team’s first playoff win in more than eight years.
New York Knicks fans can rejoice. After years of futility, the Knicks are back in the limelight and the city is ready to pop off.
The orange and blue were able to even their first-round series with the Hawks on the backs of Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson. The fans couldn’t contain themselves after pouring out onto the streets of New York City.
Knicks fans are enjoying themselves ?
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 27, 2021
“We want Brooklyn.” pic.twitter.com/mkQWLPJxyv
— the Sports ON Tap (@thesportsontap) May 27, 2021
NYC streets are overflowing after Knicks’ 1st playoff win in 8 years. ?
— theScore (@theScore) May 27, 2021
WE HERE! pic.twitter.com/137TJIs4eO
— Seán Hartnett (@SeanLikesSports) May 27, 2021
This is the type of fandom that New Yorkers are all about. Whether it’s chanting in the arena, devising elaborate bird-related schemes, or going buck wild on 7th Avenue, they are all-in on this team.
There was some pearl-clutching about the “F*** Trae Young” chants in Game 1, but that’s just a part of the game. The back-and-forth between Young and the MSG crowd has been one of the best parts about the NBA Playoffs so far, let alone this series.
However, it’s worth discussing the ugly incident between Russell Westbrook and a fan in Philadelphia and the possibility that a Knicks fan spit on Trae Young in Game 2.
A Sixers fan just showered Russell Westbrook with popcorn pic.twitter.com/wNELCfKp2k
— The Wooderboys (@wooderboys) May 27, 2021
This is beyond idiotic behavior and there is no place for it in sports. Tell a player he sucks. Dress up in a bird costume to distract Trae Young. Even chanting “F*** you” to a player is more or less harmless.
Trae Young’s father, Ray Young, took to Twitter to call out a Knicks fan for possibly spitting on his son. It’s not 100% clear in the video, but it certainly looks like the fan was spitting at Trae Young.
Gotta get this under control. @russwest44 gets popcorn thrown on him & @TheTraeYoung gets spat on. I can deal with all the chants about my son, it comes with it. But this needs to be addressed.@NBAonTNT @NBA @espn @nyknicks @NBATheJump https://t.co/0WoO5jtAc2
— Ray Young (@rayfordyoung) May 27, 2021
But anything that becomes physical, racial, and abusive is crossing that imaginary line that exists. Sure, these players are making a fortune playing a game, but they are still human beings.
The good-natured back-and-forth between players and fans is something that we missed for a long time because of the pandemic. Unfortunately, packed arenas mean there are going to be a few clowns like this guy.
Be like the fans chanting outside of Madison Square Garden, not the lowlifes who dump popcorn and spit on players.