Basketball is a global sport and the New York Knicks need to get used to players speaking other languages.
The New York Knicks decided to move on from center Willy Hernagomez on Wednesday as they dealt him to the Charlotte Hornets for power forward Johnny O’Bryant and two second round picks.
After the trade was reported, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported something very interesting. He wrote on Twitter that some coaches as well as team officials didn’t like Hernagomez only talking in Spanish with Kristaps Porzingis at times.
Within 12 hours, Kristaps lost his season and had a friend traded. Strange but true: some coaches & team officials didn't like that Willy and KP would regularly communicate by speaking Spanish. No bueno. https://t.co/K29OUoIoe8
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 7, 2018
Porzingis and Hernagomez are best friends after playing ball over in Spain with one another, so they have a close relationship. They’re both comfortable speaking Spanish, which is Hernagomez’s first language, being that he is from Madrid, Spain.
The Knicks better get used to players speaking other languages with the NBA continuing to grow as one of the most popular sports in the world.
This is obviously not why the Knicks traded Hernagomez. Moving him made sense, since he wasn’t getting much playing time and the fact that he’s really not a good fit with this team now that they’re not running the triangle offense.
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