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The Atlanta Hawks manhandled the New York Knicks in their Eastern Conference playoff series last week, with Trae Young embracing the power of shutting up the fans inside Madison Square Garden. While some in the press might tell you that what Young did was akin to Michael Jordan by putting up at least 30 points in three straight postseason games inside MSG, I’m going to tell you why what he did was more like what Reggie Miller did many years ago.
There have been two athletes named Reggie who made headlines in New York City. The first was Reggie Jackson, who, as the right fielder for the Yankees was once asked about being booed during road games. His response was blunt, and true when he explained they don’t boo bad players.
The second Reggie to make headlines was Reggie Miller, the long-time shooting guard of the Indiana Pacers. His moment came during the 1994 NBA Playoffs, when during a series against the New York Knicks, Miller and Spike Lee became forever linked. That’s because during a furious comeback in the latter stages of Game Five, Miller posted eight quick points to help the Pacers defeat the Knicks on the Madison Square Garden floor. Miller, never one to back away from speaking his mind, turned to New York superfan Spike Lee during the comeback, stared down the famous actor/director/producer after one shot, with Miller also giving Lee the choke sign when the comeback was complete. The move shut up Lee and the MSG faithful.
Trae Young hasn't forgotten about someone trying to spit on him at MSG in Game 2. He mimics spitting while talking to some Knicks fan on celebrity row. Seems to say "Are you gonna spit on me next?" Then he smiles. pic.twitter.com/Gihge9VHZ1
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) June 3, 2021
Trae Young channeled his inner Reggie Miller in his defeat of the Knicks last week by embracing the arrogant booing that rained down upon him in Madison Square Garden, and taunting the fans in his Game Five series clinching win last week by “spitting” back at the fans. Some players, like Miller and Young, can use booing and the disrespect of fans as the fuel that lights the fire and sharpens their focus. Sadly, most fans can’t figure out which athletes have that ability until it is too late, and their team is sent packing.
Most professional athletes don’t make it as far as they do without facing some adversity during their younger years. That’s why I will never understand how or why fans feel like taunting players from visiting teams is helpful; because there are far fewer players it will adversely affect than it will help, with Trae Young being the latest to add his name to the list of players on the second list.
So, to all fans in all sports, I urge you to learn the lesson Knicks fans clearly have not for generations: Cheer your team, and leave the other team alone; because despite how much you may believe you are helping your team win, to do otherwise will normally bring about bad results.
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