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Knicks HC Hypes Jalen Brunson: ‘No Pretend-a-Gram or Instagram or No matter They Name It’

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV April 14, 2024 Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images Jalen Brunson was a first-time All-Star this season, which just goes to show that there really is no limit for basketball players when they stop scrolling Fake-A-Gram and focus on their game. Or something like that. New York Knicks Head coach

Knicks HC Hypes Jalen Brunson: ‘No Pretend-a-Gram or Instagram or No matter They Name It’

Scott LogoFeatured Columnist IVApril 14, 2024

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 16: Head Coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks coaches Jalen Brunson #11 prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 16, 2024 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jalen Brunson was a first-time All-Star this season, which simply goes to indicate that there actually is not any restrict for basketball gamers once they cease scrolling Pretend-A-Gram and concentrate on their recreation.

Or one thing like that.

New York Knicks Head coach Tom Thibodeau praised the guard’s work ethic and in addition appeared to have some enjoyable with the title Instagram within the course of:

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Tom Thibodeau compares Jalen Brunson’s work ethic to that of Patrick Ewing:

“As quickly as we signed Jalen, it was instantly into the health club… there is not any Pretend-A-Gram or Instagram, or no matter they name it… it units the tone to your staff.”

“As quickly as we signed Jalen, it was instantly into the health club,” Thibodeau informed reporters. “… There is no Pretend-A-Gram or Instagram, or no matter they name it. It units the tone to your staff.”

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Thibodeau’s feedback echo these of legendary NFL coach Invoice Belichick, who famously combined up the names of social-media apps and web sites throughout his press conferences when he was the chief of the New England Patriots.

There’s additionally real reward of Brunson that should not be utterly overshadowed by the “Pretend-A-Gram” line.

The Villanova product wasted no time setting the tone for the Knicks as quickly as he signed with the staff forward of the 2022-23 marketing campaign. After taking part in the primary 4 seasons of his profession on the Dallas Mavericks and being overshadowed at occasions by Luka Dončić, Brunson stepped right into a starring function with New York.

All he did was lead it to its first playoff-series victory in a decade final season and put it in an excellent higher place this season.

New York enters Sunday’s regular-season finale towards the Chicago Bulls with an opportunity to earn the No. 2 seed within the Japanese Convention. In the event that they defeat Chicago and the Milwaukee Bucks lose to the Orlando Magic, they are going to be within the No. 2 seed and face one of many groups to emerge from the play-in match within the first spherical.

That will additionally give New York home-court benefit towards each potential Japanese Convention playoff foe besides the top-seeded Boston Celtics, which may set the stage for a run to the Japanese Convention Finals for the primary time because the 1999-00 marketing campaign.

Brunson, who’s averaging 28.6 factors, 6.7 assists and three.6 rebounds per recreation whereas capturing 48 p.c from the sphere and 40.2 p.c from deep, is the driving drive behind the Knicks’ success.

Even when that leaves him with little time for social-media apps, actual or imagined.

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