Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke was known for being that guy who mocked a handicapped man on Twitter and tweeted a pic of his junk to some woman. On Fri. Nov. 14 though, that changed. Now, outside of Utah, anyway, you have another reason to hate him. Burke made everyone in Madison Square Garden go home angry after nailing the game-winning shot Fri. Nov. 14 in a 102-100 win over the New York Knicks.
What else can this guy do to make people angry–short of murdering someone? Yeah, exactly–you never know, stay tuned. In the meantime, Burke is a hero–weeks after being a straight-up, proverbial zero.
Two nights after dropping 11 dimes and 11 points in the ATL, Burke followed up that performance with one even better in the NYC. His jaw dropping jumper from the corner over the long arms of JR Smith was the icing on the cake, but wait, there’s more.
Burke had more points (13) in the Big Apple but fewer assists (8) in the Jazz win as he splashed three treys (pun intended) and shot 5-for-9 from the field. Burke probably would have been overshadowed by Gordon Hayward’s stat line of 33 points, six assists and four steals–or the 46 points All-Everything superstar Carmelo Anthony had, had the Knicks actually won and Burke not splashed the game-winner.
But, Burke did hit the dagger du jour, thank you very much and so now Knicks fans can find something else to complain about–other than a 2-8 record. Anthony looked like he had the Knicks going into overtime after calling bank on a three-point shot with 2.3 seconds to go.
But, after Aussie mullet Joe Ingles fired an inbounds pass to Burke in the forecourt and after the Michigan star took one dribble, stepped back on Smith and fired, the only thing left for the ball to do was go into the net–while Burke was mobbed by his teammates in the corner. New Yorkers gave Burke what the (!!!) looks and Bronx cheers–and headed for the exits.
Hey, life is never fair and Burke proved this on Friday night. If anyone probably doesn’t deserve any mercy, it’s Burke, who in the course of a few months has mocked a kid with a genetic disorder publicly and made a woman mad enough that she re-tweeted a picture of his penis to the world. Hell hath no fury, like a woman scorned.
And so, the man upstairs has proven he too has a sense of humor with this one–possibly a little compassion–by allowing Burke this one little pleasure in a litany of nightmares for the second-year guard. In the city that never sleeps though, Burke had best get some quick–he and his teammates have another game in Toronto in less than 24 hours. Talk about a turnaround.