Knicks rookie middle Luke Kornet couldn’t assist however being a diehard Yankees fan his complete life — regardless of rising up in Arizona and Texas.
His father, Frank Kornet, was greatest pals with Yankees common supervisor Brian Cashman at Lexington Catholic Excessive Faculty in Kentucky. Cashman and Kornet performed junior varsity basketball collectively. The elder Kornet went on to play at Vanderbilt and two years within the NBA with the Bucks.
“I’ve rooted for them my whole life,’’ Kornet informed The Submit.
The preseason hasn’t gone swimmingly for Kornet, sidelined by a hamstring pressure. However his beloved Yankees are making it extra bearable. When he was a toddler, he met Cashman, who obtained the Kornet household tickets to the epic Recreation 7 of the 2001 World Collection in Arizona.
Wednesday night time had a decidedly sweeter ending. Seconds after the Yankees superior to the ALCS, Kornet issued a tweet, requesting the metallic signal from his bed room in Texas be shipped to New York. The signal reads: “Luke Kornet’s Yankee Room.’’
“My room was all navy and white so my mother and father have been in New York and purchased it for me and I hung it above my door hinge,’’ stated Kornet, who visited Yankee Stadium for the primary time for a recreation two weeks in the past.
The undrafted, outdoors shooter, who starred at Vanderbilt like his father, was a standout on the Knicks summer time league workforce and was signed to the newly instituted two-approach contract. It means he’ll shift all season between G-League Westchester and the Knicks.
One night time, his favourite Yankee, Aaron Decide, simply might seem on the Backyard’s movie star row.
“I’m 7-foot, I’ve all the time appreciated tall gamers,’’ Kornet stated.