Andrew Yang's complicated Knicks history, explained

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Andrew Yang hands raised in 2020
Andrew Yang hands raised in 2020

Andrew Yang, the New York native and NYC mayoral candidate, has a complicated relationship with the Knicks. Here's a quick breakdown...

1. It started in the '90s

Here's what Yang, who grew up in Westchester County, said on Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley's podcast last year:
"The Knicks led by Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and those guys ... they were competitive throughout my entire teenage experience. Did they win a title? No. Did they lose to Michael every year? Yes. But we were good, hard-nosed, a great team to root for."

2. He broke things off in 2012

Letting go of Jeremy Lin was the end of it:

"I ended up kind of breaking up with the Knicks," he said on the same podcast. "It was just one bridge too far, but when they dumped Jeremy Lin, it was just too much. It was over money of all things. ... This is the franchise that paid Jerome ("Big Snacks") James like $30 million for, like, one good game."

3. How big a fan was he, really?

Anyone dropping Big Snacks references must have been plugged in at some point.

4. He's been rubbing it in on Twitter ever since his breakup

  • Here is the famous one Knicks fans dug up recently. ("Breaking up with the Knicks was one of the best decisions of my life. I feel freer")

  • Here's the one about the Kristaps Porzingis trade

  • Here was his promise in 2020 if elected mayor

  • Here he is celebrating Phil Jackson's departure

5. Yang might be trying to mend fences.

He might've been planting a seed for a soft return with this tweet, and here's what he said a few days ago on ESPN radio:“I just see the Knicks like an ex-girlfriend that you root for, you know what I mean? Like, you wish her well."

Hedge much?