The New York Knicks have finally found themselves a new villain. On Sunday night, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was showered with boos at Madison Square Garden. However, he ended up getting the last laugh.
With just a second remaining on the clock, Young knocked down the go-ahead bucket for the Hawks in Game 1 of their series with the Knicks. After he made the shot, Young tried to silence the crowd by using his finger to shush the fans.
Young’s antics in Game 1 really struck a nerve with New Yorkers, as even Mayor Bill de Blasio took a shot at the All-Star guard this week.
Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, however, doesn’t appear to be bothered by Young. During his press conference on Wednesday, he said that taunting is just a part of the game.
“That’s basketball. The league got so soft, bro. That’s basketball,” Rose told reporters. “He came in, he played a great game and the crowd’s supposed to do that. His reaction’s supposed to be that way and it’s supposed to bring the environment to where it is right now. I mean, that’s what I’m used to.”
Derrick Rose on Trae Young/MSG crowd in Game 1: “That’s basketball…the league got so soft, bro. That’s basketball. He come in, he played a great game & the crowd’s supposed to do that. His reaction’s supposed to be that way…that’s what I’m used to.” pic.twitter.com/pExuz8qxo2
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 26, 2021
Rose had a strong performance in Game 1, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists.
While there’s no denying that New York has an explosive backcourt when it comes to offensive production, head coach Tom Thibodeau will need more out of his guards on the defensive end of the floor.
Tipoff for Game 2 of the Hawks-Knicks series is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.