Several NBA players were amused by the New York Knicks falling in the lottery.
New York Knicks fans are used to this: their team makes headlines because they are a big market franchise with a large following so they generate plenty of clicks and engagement. Fans are also used to this: when things go wrong, as they usually have over the past two decades, everyone has fun at their expense.
Shortly after it was revealed that the Knicks will select 8th in the upcoming NBA Draft, falling from their pre-lottery spot of 6th, several NBA players were quick to post their reactions to Twitter.
De’Aaron Fox led the charge with a tweet that read, “Yo I know they sick [crying emojis] #8.” After several Knicks fans commented on the post, he added to the thread, “Aye y’all so hurt bruh [dead emoji]” and later “so so hurt.”
But Fox didn’t stop there:
Donovan Mitchell, whose name has come up in rumors surrounding the Knicks since the hire of his current assistant coach and trainer Johnnie Bryant, apparently replied to Fox’s tweet with his own crying emoji. The tweet was later deleted.
And you knew Enes Kanter couldn’t miss the party. The former Knick with WWE aspirations jumped from the top rope in dropping his own crying emoji.
It’s interesting that Fox and Mitchell are commenting with the two players currently connected to the Knicks in the news.
Knicks general manager Scott Perry is reportedly a leading candidate for Sacramento’s open GM position. Perry was partially responsible for the Kings selecting Fox with the fifth overall pick in 2017 during his short tenure there before joining the Knicks.
Fox is also a Kentucky alum, seeing his name come up after the Knicks hired former Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne.
The Knicks dropped in the lottery for the third time since 2015, and for the sixth time since they won the lottery in 1985. Last season, they had the best odds entering the fateful night, only to fall to third. There was a 20.6% chance they could land eighth in this year’s lottery.