New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career and it was a well-deserved honor.
Jalen Brunson, who narrowly missed out on a spot in the Eastern Conference starting lineup, made the team as a reserve. The guard is having an outstanding season with New York, currently leading the team to one of the best records in the East.
After learning he was an All-Star, the two-time NCAA national champion scored 40 points in the win against the Pacers. During the interview at Madison Square Garden, the 27-year-old guard was moved.
“This place is incredible.”
“This place is unbelievable”-@jalenbrunson1
Jalen Brunson gets emotional when talking about tonight’s 9️⃣th straight win, his first ever @NBA All-Star game, and The Garden faithful chanting M.V.P. #NewYorkForever | @nyknicks | @alanhahn pic.twitter.com/u6whCTBqQT
– KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) February 2, 2024
Alan Hahn spoke with Brunson after the performance, and it was hard for the former Villanova star to find the right words.
Brunson described the evening as “fun” watching the crowd at the world-famous arena. He was asked about the fans’ “MVP” chants and once again Brunson was almost speechless. He said he had nothing to say because the experience seemed to overwhelm him. No matter how much you follow sports, these are surreal moments that give you goosebumps.