New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni called out fans at Madison Square Garden who boo forward Jared Jeffries, according to the New York Post.
“Indulge me for a second, anybody who boos Jared Jeffries has got to reexamine their life a little bit,” D’Antoni told the Post. “I love our fans and I like Madison Square Garden, the arena, but here’s a guy who came back to us, minimum contract. He could’ve gone to a lot of other teams. He plays as hard as anybody could possibly ever play, with injuries, everything you ask him. He takes every charge, every dirty play, every rebound. He works every second.”
Jeffries, 30, is averaging 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game off the bench for the Knicks this season. New York fans in general developed a jaded view toward the defensive specialist when he failed to perform after signing a $30 million contract with the Knicks in 2006. Through 25 games this season, the Knicks are 10-15, and currently rank 10th in the Eastern Conference overall.