NBA star's 'deplorable' comments after 'embarrassing' Knicks loss

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

A pointless fight after a blowout loss.

Chants of ‘sell the team’, and a star player slammed for ignorant comments to reporters after the game.

Welcome to the New York Knicks in 2020.

To say it’s been a disastrous season would be a wild understatement, and the shenanigans to close the loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday only served to further the argument.

Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder stole a lazy inbounds pass and looked to shoot a three, with the visitors up by 18 at Madison Square Garden.

Knicks point guard Elfrid Payton was unhappy with what he deemed to be an unsportsmanlike act from Crowder - but chose to respond with one of his own.

Elfrid Payton of the New York Knicks shoves Jae Crowder of the Memphis Grizzlies after he attempted a three point shot in the final minutes of the game at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Payton shoved Crowder while he was in mid-air, kicking off a push and shove saw Payton and Crowder ejected, alongside Knicks forward Marcus Morris.

Morris compounded the Knicks’ embarrassment when he spoke to reporters after the game, saying Crowder’s game was ‘woman-like’ in a series of comments that were immediately and roundly criticised.

“He's got a lot of female tendencies on the court, flopping and throwing his head back,” Morris said of Crowder.

“He's soft, very woman-like."

The humiliation of the Knicks wasn’t yet complete though.

Music had to be played in the arena to drown out fans who were heckling team owner James Dolan.

Knicks fans chanted ‘sell the team’ at Dolan - and not for the first time.

But wait, there’s more. Once both teams were done getting into it, they went back to their locker rooms, where cold, pressure-less showers awaited the Grizzlies.

Baffled Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant perhaps summed up the game best.

“This is beyond me,” he said.