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In which the Knicks remember Craig Sager and mess with each other

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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.

However, there is a glitch in the matrix. Maurice Ndour posted this ‘gram of himself in a memorial Sager-shirt a day earlier:

Much love and respect for Craig Sager! #sagerstrong

A photo posted by Maurice Ndour (@toohotfidem_2) on

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.

Family. My first basketball tournament ever:). #tb #missthem P.S. My brother was a Bulls fan back then, haha:))

A photo posted by Mindaugas Kuzminskas (@mkuzminskas) on

Two great mothers and my braliukas

A photo posted by Mindaugas Kuzminskas (@mkuzminskas) on

All together — awwwwwwww! (Side note: read this awesome piece about Mamas Porzingis, Kuzminskas and Hernangomez).

He’s a proud Knick:

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.

That's what @egleandr is doing while I am away or at the practices happy to find ourselves in NY.

A video posted by Mindaugas Kuzminskas (@mkuzminskas) on

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

Yay! Prison! Kuzminskas IG

to whimsical/sarcastic memories of home

Can we get much higher? Kuzminskas IG

to outright skepticism

Cheese’s bread Kuzminskas IG

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:

Who indeed?
Support of teammates is always nice

At some point KO’Q became inaudible because his hand was over the mic. Cheese knows why:

...and a little dis:

(worth noting: Kuz is older than Kyle)

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:

KUZ BURN!

Didn’t I tell you he was savage?

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!