The New York Knicks selected Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday with the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft. As usual, Knicks fans reacted with a swift and merciless censure of the decision.
Grown men booed him. Children took selfies and cried. Porzingis, donning what appeared to be a red valet suit, barely managed a smile as he walked across the stage.
Immediately after being drafted, the seven-footer said, "I have to do everything that's in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping hands." He's tried to learn about American culture—by diligently studying Worldstar Hip-Hop videos. And earlier this week he maintained that he, "wants the fear" of European draft picks, to "go away" with him.
Perhaps Knicks' fans fears are based in the fact that none of the last 16 Europeans drafted as lottery picks have become All-Stars. Perhaps their fear is rooted in the fact that their team is the Knicks.
Below is a sample of Twitter's reaction to the Porzingis pick.
Shockingly, one the sports world's most outspoken pontificators, had quite a reserved reaction.