Greetings, Friends! How has your week(-ish) been? Are you ready for the Holidays? Doing anything cool? Hanging out with friends? Seeing movies? Brushing off haterz? If so, you’re a lot like the Knicks.
This past week the New York Knickerbockers began at home before spreading their considerable wings on this year’s long Western road trip.
Being home must have been a little more special for Willy Hernangomez, whose brother Juan was in town to play the Nets. Via Juancho’s twitter, enjoy this video of the brothers bopping (the quote is from a song called Paseo by Estopa):
Going West must have also put Brandon Jennings in a nostalgic mood for his childhood in Compton, serving up some serious smallness in a very large church choir robe #tbt,
and Mindaugus Kuzminskas in a nostalgic mood for warmer climes and #summer (this must be the ballerina girlfriend who is Angles Englesbort-adjacent).
And then off they go! Cheered on by another Celebrity Row habitué (ugh I hate how cheesy that whole thing. This is NY! We shouldn’t be impressed by famous people! But anyway) our Cheese takes the time to write back
while Kristaps Porzingis strides boldly into a self-created future, which is maybe easier when you’re over seven feet tall? (Side note - love these very serious-looking KP glamour shots & wonder at the process behind choosing & posting them.)
They (“they” = Clyde on the broadcast) say extended road trips bring teams together because there’s nothing to do but hang out with each other. Even with cell phones etc. there must still be some truth to this.
Exhibit A for this is pretty cute banter between two guys that maybe you never quite pictured together — Sasha Vujacic and Marshall Plumlee — despite probably having actually seen pictures of them, together:
Also: Marshallino is a fine knickname. Thanks, Sasha.
Marshallino also re-grammed this nice video of some good team-building bench celebrations during the Lakers game, and I’m only putting it here because I’m like 100% about bench celebrations, but maybe we need to re-think this whole telescope celebration thing? I mean guys look at Noah.
Road trips also bring guys who are already friends closer together. Here we have our powerful Baltic Bloc of large adult sons having fun oh man I love these two so much just can’t stand it but omg omg what the hell is that ice on KP’s knee??
(This is known as “The Instagram that Caused 1,000 Heart Attacks”)
We’ll give one more shout out to Kuz, our Lithuanian Smile-demon, who was named by the Lithuanian Media as Interviewee of the Year. I have no idea how official this award is but assume it comes with a parade and a state holiday, at least. This video (in Lithuanian) is worth watching entirely because of how freaking adorable Kuz is as he tries his hardest not to smile the entire time.
Šiandien Lietuvos sporto žurnalistų buvau išrinktas Metų pašnekovu. Šis prizas skiriamas už bendravimą su žiniasklaida. Ačiū visiems palaikiusiems ir ačiū žurnalistams, kad jie domisi ir visą informaciją perteikia jums - krepšinio sirgaliams! --- Today I was awarded by the Lithuanian media as Interviewee of the Year. A sincere thanks to all of the reporters who dedicate their days in communicating the news to you, basketball fans!
And lastly, as with all heroic journeys, we come back to our main man, Carmelo Anthony. As mentioned, every once and a while Melo pops up to Tell The People a Thing or Two, and this week was a lucky week. With all the ridiculous manufactured controversy surrounding Phil Jackson discussing Melo’s ball holding proclivities, Melo chose to respond in his preferred way: cryptic, passive aggressive IG posts.
But posting wasn’t enough - he stuck around to reply to some comments. Most of Melo’s posts get 100s to 1000s of comments, so I’m afraid you can’t always find what he’s replying to. I really want to know what piccolo692 had to say, but I’m glad Melo cares so much about his teammates.
When you do get more context like jax_on_grind’s little rant, you know by the sarcasm that Melo’s the same guy who goes so aggressive in his bathrobe:
Forever UN-Phased, Melo is the King of NY and if you need a second opinion, Nas is here to give it to you.