Knicks fans should be glad players didn’t treat Pro-Am game like Dejounte Murray

New York Knicks fans got a treat on Monday night at Hostos Community College in The Bronx. Jalen Brunson, Obi Toppin, and Julius Randle made an appearance in a Nike Pro City playoff game. It was Brunson’s unofficial debut in NYC, which sparked a lot of interest from fans, but now that the night’s come and gone, some fans are worried about a far less important matter.

The team that Brunson, Toppin, and Randle played for lost, 110-97. Toppin led the trio with 25 points, Brunson had 24, and Randle posted 18.

It’s been four months since the Knicks played their final game of the 2021-22 season, so that might be why some fans have put way too much thought into the result of a Pro-Am game.

Needless to say, the loss doesn’t matter. The Knicks trio had some fun and put on a show for fans in a non-NBA game.

Knicks’ Brunson, Toppin, and Randle handled Pro-Am game far better than Dejounte Murray

On Sunday, Dejounte Murray played in a Pro-Am game at Tacoma Community College in Washington, which is where he’s from. Murray went up against 2022 NBA Draft No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero, who’s also from Washington.

Murray took things way too far on the court. And off the court, he proceeded to take things too far on social media, which seems to be a trend for him as of late.

Maybe it’s because Murray was recently traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Atlanta Hawks and will now play beside Trae Young, but he seems to be embracing the role of villain this offseason. However, the level of immaturity that Murray put on display in a Pro-Am game and then on social media is embarrassing.

Banchero’s been in the league for a month and a half now and made his Summer League debut last month, but of course, he hasn’t yet made his official debut for the Orlando Magic. Thanks to Murray, he’s learned how not to act as a professional.

So, while Brunson, Toppin, and Randle were part of a losing effort in a Nike Pro City game, at least they didn’t approach it as if it were Game 7 of the NBA Finals like Murray did. The New York-Atlanta match-ups should be extra spicy this season.