With the NBA playoffs just a day away, SOHH reached out to diehard New York Knicks fan N.O.R.E. to get his input heading into the chase for to NBA Finals.
Although he respects the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, N.O.R.E. admitted feeling a bit skeptical facing them in the playoffs.
“I haven’t been a New York Knicks fan in so long. I’ve always been a Knicks fan and I’ve always slandered them but with Carmelo Anthony being black and Puerto Rican, I have to roll with them again,” N.O.R.E. told SOHH. I’m so glad I stuck to rolling with them because they’re looking good and we have Amar’e back. I’m not agreeing with the braids but it’s all good. We need Jeremy Lin coming off the bench. Steve Novak has been looking fantastic. Steve Novak‘s the new Larry Bird. Iman Shumpert, we’re doing fantastic. I don’t want the Bulls or the Heat in the first round — I’m not saying we can’t pull it off, I’m just saying it’s very skeptical because the reason those guys have been having a great season and we don’t want to be the backdrop to their great season. We want to be the ending to the Heal and Bulls’ phenomenal season.” (SOHH)
The Knicks are set to face-off against LeBron James and Dwayne Wade‘s Miami Heat tomorrow afternoon.
In the Knicks first round series against the Miami Heat, Shumpert will be trusted to guard Dwyane Wade. He may not be able to silence Wade, but his defensive tenacity should be able to quiet him. While Shumpert is a great on-ball defender, he can be overly aggressive–leading him to commit silly fouls, and poor shot selection. He will have to become more selective on offense if the Knicks want to succeed in the playoffs. (Bleacher Report)
Last month, rap veterans Prodigy and Havoc talked about the Knicks going by the nickname “Mob Deep.”
“I thought it was like a one-time thing,” Havoc said, “but then I started hearing about it and people kept on telling me that they mentioned it on MSG every time they have a game.” Havoc said there is a lot of similarity between their name origin and the Knicks’ bench. “It was a saying that we used to use in Queensbridge, describing how many of us it would be when we all went out, or if we saw another crew that had a lot of people rolling with them,” he said. “We would be like, ‘Yo, we were mobb deep last night at the movie theater,’ or whatever have you — as in a mobb of us, that we were rolling deep.” (ESPN)
Earlier this year, New Yorker Maino said he was fully behind the Knicks hype.
“I feel good about it. We needed that energy, we needed that energy in the city,” Maino said in an interview referring to Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. “Part of inspiring people is you need that energy to make them feel proud, make them feel worth, feel their worth and seeing Lin out there dishing the rock — they’re doing their thing. It’s bringing this proudness back to the city. … The first time I seen him, I was like, ‘Who the f*ck is this?’ … The first game I caught was when they played against the Lakers. That’s when he cracked on Kobe [Bryant]. That was the first game I caught.” (All Hip Hop)
The New York Knicks take on the Miami Heat Saturday (April 28) at 3:30 PM EST.