Trae Young talks about the fans and the environment in Philadelphia after taking 3 wins at Wells Fargo Center.
A year that has seen many renowned and established superstars exit the scene early due to injury or elimination has also opened our eyes to the new crop of rising superstars, Trae Young is certainly one of them.
The playoffs have always been considered to be a litmus test for a player. With so much on the line, everyone brings their A-game and the pressure to perform consistently on a nightly basis can make or break a prospect.
Despite questions about his ability to score when it mattered the most, the 22-year-old has had a phenomenal playoff run till now, averaging 29 points and 10 assists a game, effectively leading the Atlanta Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 15 years.
In both series against the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia76ers, Trae has displayed a level of confidence and grit way beyond his years along with a knack for antagonizing the opposing team’s loud fans. New York for one, is certainly going to view him as a Knicks villain for a long time.
Trae Young on playing in one of the toughest places in the NBA
Things got out of hand in New York when a despicable Nicks fan decided to spit on Trae Young during Game 2 of the first-round series. While the New York Knicks immediately banned the fan involved and issued a public apology.
Young, who was well within his rights to take legal action against the fan chose not to do so, focusing on the job and getting it done in 5 games.
Entering the second-round series against Philadelphia76ers, the young Hawks team were not only about to face the top seed in the East but a team with some of the most ardent and loyal supporters in competitive sports.
Regardless, the Hawks just kept at it, making a historic comeback in game 5 and closing the series with a Game 7 win in Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.
In a post-game interview, when asked about how the team managed to grab two wins on the road especially in one of the toughest places to play in the NBA, this is what the Hawks point guard had to say about the fans and his experience in Philly:
” It was a great environment. Loved it. Loved the s**t talking, loved everything about it. It’s been great.”
As is evident, this phenom is a performer and entertainer with a deep passion for the game. His tenacious drive and ability to deal with high-pressure situations are qualities that will come in handy especially as the Hawks face the Giannis led Milwaukee Bucks in hopes of reaching the NBA finals.