Trae Young still lingers in New Yorkers’ minds, it seems. Young gained infamy within the city after leading his Atlanta Hawks over the hometown Knicks in last season’s playoffs.
With his current status of “public enemy number one” within New York, Young still managed to receive a write-in vote for mayor. Understandably, he was flattered by the comical vote, expressing his “thanks” on Twitter.
“That�s Love NY for real.. Never got a mayor vote!”Trae Young
Last May, fans chanted “Trae Young’s Balding” in an attempt to throw off the Hawks star. Sadly for Knicks fans, the jeering failed as Atlanta won that series in five games. In an uglier incident, a fan spat on Young. Fortunately, Madison Square Garden banned the fan in the aftermath.
What once was a conventional tactic to unnerve Young during the playoff series evolved into a growing communal “hatred” for Young in the city. Now, the phrase “f**k Trae Young” is directly associated with Knicks fans and the city of New York.
Young’s legend in the city grew after the NYC-based Youtube channel “Sidetalk” uploaded a video showing Knicks fans bashing Young after the Knicks’ loss. Since then, the video has garnered almost a million views on Youtube alone and many more across other platforms.
The hate for Young doesn’t stop at an NBA level. In September, even WWE fans booed him after his surprise WWE Smackdown appearance at MSG.
Even the NBA caught onto the feud between Young and New York, scheduling a primetime matchup where Young’s Hawks will visit MSG again to face the Knicks on Christmas day. Young has the potential to either spread holiday cheer or, more likely, holiday jeer throughout the city.
As the season progresses, a potential Knicks-Hawks matchup in the playoffs looks more realistic by the day. The Knicks currently sit at an 11-10 record, while the Hawks lie at 12-10.
While these records currently put both on the fringes of the playoffs, the similar records could lead to another 4th and 5th seed matchup if both teams start winning. If that happens, it may be the most anticipated first-round series in a long time.