He’s the Big Apple’s homeboy now.
The big city seems to be consumed by Jorts fever in the wake of the Knicks’ selection of the big fella in the second round Thursday night. After making an appearance on the big screen at Yankee Stadium and nearly convincing the Yanks to ditch the pinstripes for a more denim-heavy look, it now looks like the love for Josh Harrellson has extended into the blogosphere.
The Knicks blog KnickScoop put together a glowing welcome for Jorts, and although the author admits to having his heart set on Josh Selby in the second round, he’s no less excited about Harrellson being able to fill a role the Knicks needed to address. He even thinks that Jorts has a chance to capture the hearts of fans in Knick blue like he did those of us in the Kentucky shade. A little excerpt from the KnickScoop writeup:
When you think of Harrellson winning the matchup vs. First Team All American Jared Sullinger, it is hard to not think of the games Jeff Foster and Zaza Pachulia had these past playoffs. They will not be filling up the points column in the boxscore, but what they bring from a motor/defensive standpoint is invaluable. Taking all-star players such as Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah off their game, these guys let their own superstars take control and earn their paychecks.
“Big Jorts” Josh Harrellson already knows what he has to bring in order to be effective in the NBA. He did just that this past season at Kentucky. Floor burns, rebounds, and 6 fouls will be every bit important as the 30 points we get from STAT and Melo. Don’t be surprised if you see 18,000 fans on their feet wearing jean shorts next April. Madison Square Garden may have found its new fan favorite, #55 Josh Harrellson.
The thought of a packed Madison Square Garden wearing jean shorts in honor of one of KSR’s favorite sons would be unbelievable if Jorts hadn’t already made it abundantly clear that we shouldn’t doubt him. At all. Ever. I look forward to seeing Spike Lee in a pair.