The New York Knicks have one of the biggest, loudest, most loyal fanbases in the sports industry, and that’s despite the fact that they haven’t won an NBA championship since 1973.
Knicks fans have gone through a lot for the past five decades, so you better believe they’re extremely passionate.
As you may know by now, a plethora of celebrities root for the Knickerbockers, and that includes ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who has rarely minced his words about the team’s shortcomings.
That’s why he wanted to make it clear and let it be known that he doesn’t care if the players get in their feelings over his criticism, claiming that some players within the organization aren’t happy about his recent comments on the team.
“To the New York Knicks, and I need an iso. … Word has gotten to me that you all have been complaining about me. … I don’t give a damn. Not even a little bit.”@stephenasmith has a message for the Knicks 👀 pic.twitter.com/tLivjvrXaW
— First Take (@FirstTake) May 11, 2023
Smith has often been critical of RJ Barrett, who he thinks is not consistent enough.
He also recently made a plea for the team to move on from Julius Randle, citing that he may not be cut for the postseason.
Being one of the most prominent pundits in the sports industry, it’s not odd to see that his words got to the players’ ears, but that’s not going to stop him from calling them out.
If anything, the Knicks and the players should be focused on their must-win Game 6 versus the Miami Heat.
They managed to extend the series and live on a little longer, but they still need to win two more games, one of those in South Beach, and that’s going to be way easier said than done.
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