Bubba Watson Catches Up With New York Knicks Legend During NBA Game

Published 11/03/2021, 1:58 PM EDT
Jun 27, 2021; Cromwell, Connecticut, USA; Bubba Watson plays his shot on the third hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


Golf is a sport which athletes from other sports often venture into. Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, and Gareth Bale are notable examples and golf does bring together athletes from different sports. Treating fans to some amazing athlete stories. This time, it was Bubba Watson meeting up with New York Knicks legend John Starks, a run-in no one expected.

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At a recent New York Knicks game, the PGA Tour icon met Starks, who was back at the court to support his former team. Watson shared their interaction on social media, also hinting at a possible future meeting for the two.

 

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What did John Starks tell Bubba Watson?

After the Knicks and Toronto Raptors game at the Madison Square Garden, Watson ended up posting a selfie with the 56-year-old basketball icon. While they might have spoken about the game, Watson focused on what Starks had to say about his golf skills.

“@nyknicks legend #JohnStarks . Says he is a 3 handicap….,” he wrote. “We might have to see if that holds up on the course one day”. 

Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Bubba Watson reacts to his putt on the first green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

For a non-professional, a handicap of 3 is amazing and with those numbers, Starks is certainly a skilled golfer.

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Having said that, previous reports claimed that his handicap had risen to 9.8 after his surgery. Determined to go back to 3, Starks seems to have achieved his goal, as per Watson’s post. Additionally, Starks also hosts an annual golf tournament for the John Starks Foundation.

A look at Starks’ NBA career

Having played 13 NBA seasons, Starks is one of the greatest Knicks in history. He averaged 12.5 points in his career, retiring in 2002. Undrafted during the 1988 Draft, he started playing with the Golden State Warriors a year later. Starks played eight seasons with the Knicks. Towards the tail end of his career, he also played for the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz.

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Watson, on his end, has last played the Northern Trust last season. While the 12-time PGA Tour winner’s schedule is not confirmed, he did launch a new book UP & DOWN on November 2.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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