Sunday, June 18 isn’t only Father’s Day, but also the birthday of New York Knicks rookie Maurice Ndour. The team’s social media department sent out one of their customary Instagram birthday posts. No big deal, right?
Ugh, if only it were that simple. These are the Knicks, after all, and they carry their own horrible mojo into just about everything—we’ve learned as much during the Kristaps Porzingis exit meeting saga. As for Ndour, it would appear that fans haven’t forgiven him for hitting the game-winning jumper in the season finale against the 76ers.
To the comments!
Yes, Ndour’s jumper drew the Knicks even with the Timberwolves in the tank ranking. New York inevitably lost the coin flip, and they will pick 8th instead of 7th in the upcoming draft. Those things are true. But let us consider something which is even more true: If you go out of your way to bitch about Maurice Ndour online for hitting a jump shot, you are a massive fucking turd.
Maurice Ndour plays basketball professionally. As a professional basketball player—particularly one whose NBA career is very much uncertain—his income necessitates him not missing shots. If you want to lay blame, how about blaming the Timberwolves for choking away roughly 12 wins in the last few weeks of the season. Blame the Knicks organization for their incompetence. Blame the basketball gods for screwing the Knicks on the coin toss. Don’t rail against a young guy just doing what it takes to hang on in the league.
Also, Mo Ndour is absolutely delightful off the court. His post-game shirt selection is always on point.
And the Senegal native uses his Instagram to represent his African roots to the fullest:
Everyday is AFREECA DAY It's the way talk, the way I walk, the way I sound, the way I bring that positive energy, the way people see the difference in me. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The way I carry myself speaks volume, the things I do can't be said. Your ears might've heard it but wouldn't understand it and the naked eye cannot see it. But guess what it's all because of the Motherland, for the motherland, made in the motherland. I don't think you get it, let's see......... They say AFRICA For Africans, I say no AFRICA for the world, just don't bring your negative vibes. My mama earth gave birth to HUMANITY, but his sons and daughters are still in CAPTIVITY, shackled and chained by Mental SLAVERY but it's all part of the PROPHECY so keep it cool and let's live in peace love and HARMONY. Carry yourself with a lil bit of HUMILITY. I love you mama!! Repost from @afropolitainmagazine #africaday #royalty #royalfamily #bigtree #deeproots #freeupblackpeople #natureboy #truetomyroots #thatdaywillcome #forwardstep #continent #beauty #African #afropolitainmag #afrique #forusbyus #ourplace #roots #traditions #proudafrican #blackandproud #toohotfidem
Back to the roots with my Bro on a Sunday. I get away when I am playing the djembe. Good stress reliever. Everybody go follow my bro, actor and community leader Octawie Tah @nationone_clothing ,founder of NationOne clothing and NationOne Soccer academy in Liberia. Much love and respect for what you do for the kids. Blessed luv!! #rastalove #djembe #drumming #africa #senegal #liberia #connection #nationone #soccer #basketball #sundayfunday #glorytoJah #natureboy #toohotfidem
“I get away when I am playing the djembe. Good stress reliever.” A lot of fans could use some of that stress relief. Look, I get it—rooting for the Knicks sucks, and we all need to vent our rage. But please, vent it in the right direction.
Happy birthday, Maurice Ndour. Keep on playing your djembe, and ignore the haters.