“Poverty Knicks Fans”: Twitter Erupts as New York Fans Chant “Fu*k Trae Young”

Published 12/25/2021, 10:07 PM EST
Dec 17, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) dribbles against the Denver Nuggets in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


It’s quite ordinary for players to trash-talk with one another on the court. Often, there are also some fans that stand out from the crowd, as they try to poke an NBA player. However, it’s not every day that we see an entire arena going after one person. So, as the 2021-22 season continues in full force, so does the New York Knicks fans’ rivalry with Trae Young.

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We all know that Trae isn’t the kind to shut up and bear with it. Despite not being physically there to respond, the Hawks’ star had his own way of giving it back to them. In fact, even fans responded to the Knicks’ hate chant for Trae.

Trae Young has an epic response for Knicks fans’ reactions

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One of the most interesting storylines from last season was the rivalry between the New York Knicks and Trae Young. It was like nothing we had seen before, where an entire arena would try to trash-talk or heckle one NBA player. With Trae breaking their title hopes after so many years, they believed it had to be done.

Jun 23, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the fourth quarter during game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks superstar wasn’t one to take it quietly. He also responded in his own ways or even provoked them deliberately at times. This time was no different. The Atlanta Hawks played the Knicks on Thursday and had to suffer a 101-87 defeat at the hands of the latter. After this, Knicks fans decided to take their grudge out against their superstar point guard, Trae Young.

When the game ended, the arena was filled with ‘‘F**k Trae Young!’ chants. Even though Trae wasn’t there to defend himself, he had a hilarious response for them on Twitter. He wrote, “They only say it at the end now?!? Smart. *at least all I heard.”

This obviously had Twitter completely erupt and some even came to Trae’s defense.

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Hawks and Knicks are at the same pedestal so far

The Hawks might have won the battle, but there is still a lot more to come. Unfortunately, neither of the teams seem to be doing great enough to even be considered contenders. Atlanta is holding a 15-17 record in the East, while the Knicks have a 15-18 record.

Dec 1, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts to a made basket in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

However, it is safe to say, it’s possible that the outcome of their match could have been different if the 23-year-old was playing. Trae has missed the last three games because of entering into the league’s health and safety protocols. As of now, there is no timeline for his return, which will continue to hurt the Hawks’ chances of securing a playoff berth.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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