Happy holidays! It’s Christmas Eve and it’s sleeting out and things are kind of hectic, but take a minute, pull up a chair, have a hot drink - we have a few important items of business to take care of.
First, earlier this week the entire basketball world paused when news came out that the great Craig Sager had died of leukemia. Our Knicks were effusive in their remembrances and emoji and praise.
RIP Craig Sager. You approached life the right way and will be missed my many! !— Ron Baker (@RonBaker31) December 15, 2016
Rest in peace Craig Sager! :(— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) December 15, 2016
sad day...we lost yet another legend, we will miss you.— Sasha Vujacic (@SashaVujacic) December 15, 2016
rest in peace Craig Sager.
Rest In Peace Craig Sager. May God be with you and your family at this time! #SagerStrong— Kyle O'Quinn (@Kyle_OQuinn) December 15, 2016
Rest In Peace Craig Sager!!!! He always showed gator love.— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) December 16, 2016
However, there is a glitch in the matrix. Maurice Ndour posted this ‘gram of himself in a memorial Sager-shirt a day earlier:
I have no snark for this, but will be watching the Forrest Moon very carefully from now on. He may Know Things.
Vaya con dios, Craig.
Next, on a lighter note: Ron Baker.
If you’ve read Zach’s Baker-opus (go read it, it’s worth it, I’ll wait) you know that basketball people have real basketball things to say about his basketball game. That’s not why we’re here! We’re here to talk about what’s important - Ron’s bench celebration game.
Ron is the inventor of the infamous #threescope, which involves pantomiming a telescope when a player hits a three (presumably because you need a telescope to see the hoop from that far away?). But close observers like twitter user @mzshafie noticed (and GIF’d!) something new the other day:
and Ron, the Ronnest Ron who ever Ronned, ronsponded:
Time to take the three-flame to your local discotheque! Ron’s got moves. Ron’s the man. Ron, however, will not marry you.
And finally on to the Main Event, the final intro, the one you’ve been waiting for... Today we’re taking a long look at Mindaugas Kuzminskas, the smiling savage. As his playing time increases and his game improves, Cheese’s social media persona has blossomed into something rare and beautiful.
Kuz has a bit of a split personality online - on the one hand he’s the cutest, sweetest, proudest Lithuanian SportsPerson imaginable.
All together — awwwwwwww! (Side note: read this awesome piece about Mamas Porzingis, Kuzminskas and Hernangomez).
He’s a proud Knick:
Great atmosphere, sharing the ball and a deserved W! Nothing can be better than that:) waiting for Christmas Day! https://t.co/C3RvcS3JeB— Mindaugas Kuzminskas (@MKuzminskas) December 23, 2016
and a (justifiably) proud boyfriend. That’s right! Kuz heard our pleas and gave us more about his infamous Anglesbort Elgordink girlfriend-knowing lady friend. She has a name! It is Egle Andreikaite. She has an Instagram! It is here. She is beautiful! She is also, as advertised, a very fine dancer.
Hi Egle! Happy to know more about you and welcome to New York!
Once you move into the more ephemeral space where posts are live or deleted after a day, Cheese is just a little extra. From slightly discordant tourist selfies
to whimsical/sarcastic memories of home
to outright skepticism
Kuz is happy to tell you how he really feels.
The night before the ill-fated Denver game most-improved-Knick-of-the-half-year Kyle O’Quinn went on Instagram Live to chat for a minute (quick refresher: IG Live lets users broadcast live video streams while viewers can write them comments). But your boy Cheese was ready for him:
At some point KO’Q became inaudible because his hand was over the mic. Cheese knows why:
...and a little dis:
Fans were clamoring for Kuz to go hang out with Kyle in person so Kuz obliged:
...so Kyle went to look at his door and reported back his room number. But like a jilted date:
Didn’t I tell you he was savage?
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!