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“F**k Trae Young”: Knicks fans can’t resist bringing up Hawks Star despite their series against Joel Embiid’s 76ers

It’s been almost three years since the infamous first-round matchup between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks, and Trae Young still seems off the hook for Knicks fans. After Jalen Brunson and Co.’s Game 1 win against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2024 playoffs, fans interestingly celebrated the win with “f**k Trae Young” chants.

New York Knicks fans were blown away after beating Joel Embiid and co. in Game 1 of the series, despite Julius Randle being sidelined. To express their excitement, all the supporters gathered outside Madison Square Garden and started chanting “f**k Trae Young” in memory of a moment from three years ago.

New York seems to have developed some sort of hatred for Trae Young after the 2021 playoffs. Throughout the Hawks-Knicks series, the point guard was portrayed as the villain due to his interactions with the crowd in the Mecca of basketball. In addition to the spitting and constant name-calling, the infamous chant – “f**k Trae Young” – was used frequently. Despite all the ridicule, however, Ice Trae carried the Hawks on his back, averaging 29.2 points and 9.8 assists per game (from StatMuse) and leading his team to an impressive 4-1 series victory.

Over the past three years, New York sports fans haven’t missed an opportunity to break into the same chants. And it doesn’t just refer to basketball games. No, leagues like the MLB have seen this chant too.

It almost seems like New York fans are using this disrespectful chant for a joyful occasion. While the NSFW chants may not be appreciated most by those not participating, it’s understandable why fans are happy. Tom Thibodeau’s boys delivered a brilliant performance in Game 1, earning a 111-104 victory. Despite his team missing Julius Randle, Joel Embiid was successfully prevented from scoring.

Taking a 1-0 lead in the series will be equally important for the Knicks. However, the team must be well aware that Nick Nurse’s boys will take revenge with all their might. Nevertheless, a few more “f**k Trae Young” chants can be expected if the Knicks keep winning.