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Jalen Brunson’s strong message to haters after $100 million deal with Knicks

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New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson couldn’t care less what his haters say about him. After all, he knows for himself what he can do and what he brings to the table.

After signing a four-year, $104 million deal with the Knicks this offseason, most of the talk has been about how Brunson doesn’t deserve the contract. While he has proven himself to be a winner, many question about his physical abilities not warranting superstar money. Not to mention that he’s yet to be an All-Star or really earn recognition for his play.

Brunson did show up in the postseason, carrying the Dallas Mavericks when Luka Doncic was injured and out. That breakout performance elevated his value, which earned him his new deal. As mentioned, though, many have questions about what he can do in a sustained leading role.

The 25-year-old scorer and playmaker has heard it all, but he wants everyone to know what the detractors have failed to acknowledge: his heart.

“They said I was too slow, not athletic enough. Too small,” Brunson said in his introductory presser on Tuesday, per New York Daily News. “All the things that don’t measure heart. And that’s what I have.”

Now that is something Knicks fans will definitely love about Jalen Brunson. Perhaps that is also what the team was missing over the last few years–a player who gets going when the going gets tough.

All eyes will be on Brunson as fans look if he can live up to the money the Knick splashed on him. While it remains to be seen, one thing is certain: he’ll go all-out to make that happen.