Comedian and comedy theater founder Chris Trew is a New Orleans Pelicans superfan who has a single season ticket directly behind the visitors’ bench inside New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, where he interacts with the opposing team’s players and coaches. He will be documenting his experiences here for us in a regular column called Behind the Bench. You can follow his in-game interactions live on Twitter at @Trew2theGame. The Pelicans’ opponent in this column: The New York Knicks.
When the Knicks assistants weren’t drawing up plays or coaching up the bench, they were partaking in the pastime of most visiting NBA teams — laughing at Omer Asik. Every clumsy possession by the big man had New York’s bench smirking, winking and joking. At one point in the second quarter, Asik was slow to get back on defense, and he made eye contact with the Knickerbocker bench as his big ole’ frame lumbered up the court. His eyes were sad, as if he knew he was being bullied from afar.
Carmelo Anthony lit up the box score as well as the bench. The Smoothie King Center is a superior arena name compared to the glut of banks, airlines, etc. that buy most naming rights to NBA arenas, but since there’s nothing worse than standing out from the crowd, people love to rag on the name. I’ve never seen someone go off on New Orlean’s arena name as much as Carmelo Anthony. Every single time a teammate sank a tough shot, Anthony belted out “get that Smoothie!” Then, he would mumble something about the Smoothie King Center. He was very proud of himself. Every now and then he would switch it to “give me a smoothie!” His teammates laughed along with him, which is understandable because roasting the name of the New Orleans NBA arena was one of the highlights of New York’s 2015-2016 campaign.
Another common taunt from the Knicks was “That’s gonna be on YouTube.” Which, sure, a nice play from an NBA game is of course going to be on YouTube. But to imply that something showing up on YouTube somehow meaning you got posterized, doesn’t add up.