Hawks' Trae Young trolls Knicks fans with WWE SmackDown appearance

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Trae Young trolls Knicks fans with surprise WWE appearance originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The WWE was in New York for SmackDown on Friday night, and the biggest heel there wasn't a wrestler.

Ahead of a 10-man tag team match at Madison Square Garden, wrestler Sami Zayn, who was wearing a New York Knicks jersey, brought out a surprise guest: Atlanta Hawks star point guard Trae Young.

And the crowd wasn’t thrilled to see him.

Of course, the last time Young was at MSG, he helped end the Knicks' season. Atlanta upset New York in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs, needing just five games to do so. Young tormented the Knicks in that series, averaging 29.2 points and 9.8 assists per game, and he embraced a villain role in front of raucous MSG crowds.

But New York fans did at least get the last laugh on Friday. Young stuck around ringside for the tag team match, but was ejected by the ref for going after Rey Mysterio.

Young and Hawks make their first trip to MSG next season on Christmas Day. It’s safe to say Knicks fans will be even more revved up for that game now.