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New York Post
22 Apr 2023


NextImg:Tracy Morgan on A-listers showing Knicks playoff love: ‘I’m not a fair-weather fan’

There’s something fishy about Tracy Morgan.

The diehard Knicks fan won’t eat anything at the World’s Most Famous Arena when he cheers on New York against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs Sunday, he dished to The Post.

“Well I’m a pescatarian now, so all I eat is fish and vegetables, so I eat before I go,” he said.

And the Bed-Stuy native isn’t about to get crabby when it comes to other celeb Knicks fans — the real ones and those only after front-‘roe’ photo ops.

“Yo, listen, I can’t be calling people out like that,” he said. “If you a Knick fan, you a Knick fan at heart. I can’t be saying who’s not and who is. That’s not fair to them.”

Morgan is a genuine Knicks fanatic and considers fellow celebs like Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Howard Stern, Jerry Ferrara, 50 Cent, Ben Stiller, Matthew Modine, and Michael Rapaport OG fans too.

“Mike is up there with me and Spike,” he said Friday ahead of the Knicks 99-79 win in Game 3. “He’s down with the organization.”

The comedian assured that just because you don’t see all the celebrity Knicks fans at games doesn’t mean they’re not supporting the team.

Tracy Morgan attends the Miami Heat and New York Knicks game on March 29, 2023, at Madison Square Garden in striking red boots.
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Knicks player Jalen Brunson shaking hands with Tracy Morgan during their game against the Indiana Pacers on April 9, 2023.
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Tracy Morgan watches the New York Knicks play the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter of the game at Madison Square Garden on December 20, 2022.
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“If they’re not there, they’re there in spirit,” said Morgan, 54. “Trust me, they’re somewhere watching the game, man. When I’m not at the game, I got Knick Night in my house.”

Morgan, who is currently on a nationwide comedy tour, couldn’t make Friday’s game, but will at Sunday’s 1 pm tilt.

“It ain’t like it’s different now because they’re winning. No, I was with them with they was losing too,” he explained.

NBA Playoffs Game 3 - Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden - First Row (from left to right) Justin Tuck, his wife Lauran Williamson Tuck, Michael J. Fox, his wife Tracy Pollan, Patty Smith, John McEnroe, (right of red cap) J Cole, and spike Lee. Second row (left to right) Heidi Gardner, Cecily Strong, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Charles Melton, and Leon Robinson sit court side during the third quarter.

Many celebrities were in attendance at last night’s playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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“I’m not a fair-weather fan. I’m with the good, bad and ugly. I’m always going to be a fan. I’m a New Yorker. I’m a New York fan.”

The “SNL” alum went to his first Knicks game around 1981 with his uncle and brother and believes he’s been to 200.

He always sits in the same seat, courtside, and brings a plus one.

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Spike Lee reacts courtside at MSG on April 21, 2023.
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Alex Soros on his phone court side during the 4th quarter.
Alex Soros on his phone court side during the 4th quarter.
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Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was in attendance.
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Chloe Sevigny (L) and John Leguizamo sit court side during the second quarter.
Chloe Sevigny (L) and John Leguizamo sit court side during the second quarter.
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Rapper Fat Joe poses with J Cole
Rapper Fat Joe poses with J Cole
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Actors Drake Rodger and Meg Donnelly court side
Actors Drake Rodger and Meg Donnelly court side.
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Justin Tuck sits court side during the first quarter.
Justin Tuck sits court side during the first quarter.
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Tennis great John McEnroe was in attendance.
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New York Knicks legend Latrell Sprewell
New York Knicks legend Latrell Sprewell was there in support.
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“I just switch it up. Sometimes I bring my daughter, sometimes I bring my cousin, sometimes I bring my friends,” he said.

He wants his loved ones to experience the game the way he does.

“When you’re sitting in a celebrity row, you’re looking at the game from a different perspective,” he said. “You hear communication, you see the sweat, you’re in the game.”

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Ben Stiller and Pete Davidson at the Knicks vs. the Mephis Grizzlies on November 27, 2022.
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Howard Stern arrives during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Howard Stern arrives during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
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Jerry Ferrara attends the New York Knicks Vs New Orleans Pelicans game at Madison Square Garden on October 5, 2018
Jerry Ferrara attends the New York Knicks Vs New Orleans Pelicans game at Madison Square Garden on October 5, 2018.
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Michael Rapaport attends the Detroit Pistons vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2016.
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Matthew Modine and Cari Modine during Celebrities Attend the Utah Jazz vs New York Knicks Game - December 23, 2005 at Madison Square Garden
Matthew Modine and Cari Modine during the Utah Jazz vs New York Knicks Game – December 23, 2005 at Madison Square Garden.
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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson at a Knicks game in 2012.
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Chris Rock courtside at MSG in 2007.
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Michael K. Williams, Rashida Olayiwola, Cecily Strong and Tracy Morgan attend Philadelphia 76ers Vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 25, 2017
Michael K. Williams, Rashida Olayiwola, Cecily Strong and Tracy Morgan attend Philadelphia 76ers Vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 25, 2017.
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His favorite piece of Knicks memorabilia is his Mark Jackson Number 13 jersey, and he wasn’t sure what his most expensive item was, but it could be something he was recently gifted.

“I don’t know, Jalen Brunson’s father just gave me some sneakers the other day,” he said.

Although his devotion to the team never floundered, he sympathizes with those who have gotten frustrated over the years.

“They’ve been through a lot,” he said. “A lot of Knick fans are traumatized, so we don’t even know how to respond to all this winning.”