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Kevin Knox’s journey from disrespected NBA rookie to Benihana chef and back again

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An odyssey.

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I’m not much of a video game guy, but most NBA players are, so I try to pay attention when the new year’s NBA2K player ratings come out. Oftentimes you can find a player or two who flips out over his own low rating.

Such was the case with Knicks rookie Kevin Knox, who was stuck with a 74 rating — below what some of his NBA draft peers received. Knox took to Instagram to voice his displeasure.

It seems a bit odd to claim disrespect when you’ve yet to play a single minute of NBA action, but whatever. YOU GO, YOUNGBLOOD! Channel that disrespect into time at the practice court! Become what you were meant to be!

Now, when I told Knox to become what he was meant to be, I didn’t mean he should become a chef at a local Benihana. Yet there was Knox, working the grill.

NO, GODDAMMIT! Isn’t that just our luck, Knicks fans? We get a quality rookie, and he quits before his first game to sling mid-priced Japanese cuisine. Quick, talk him out of it, Enes Kanter.

No, don’t sit down to eat! This is just getting worse!

Let me check the Knicks’ Twitter feed one more time before I give up on basketball altogether.

Phew. It appears Knox is back to focusing on basketball...for now, at least. You keep your hands off our boy, Benihana!