Jalen Brunson was called a ‘bum’ by his father

During the NBA Three-Point Contest, New York Knicks player Jalen Brunson found himself on the receiving end of unexpected criticism from an unlikely source: his father, Rick Brunson, who is also an assistant coach for the Knicks.

“I heard a guy behind the bench, a bald guy sitting behind the bench, I heard, ‘Yo, you damn bum.’ Who just said that? My father.”

“He was like, ‘With that bonus we could have finished my basement.’

As Jalen lined up shots for him during the game, he heard disparaging comments directed toward him from a fan behind the bench. To his surprise, after investigating, Jalen discovered that the jammer was none other than his father, Rick Brunson. With a mixture of amusement and disbelief, Jalen recounted how his father jokingly called him a “fucking bum” amid the intense competition.

In addition to the lighthearted banter, Rick Brunson jokingly teased his son about his missed shots, jokingly suggesting that the prize money could have been better used to finish their basement. Despite the joking nature of his comments, Rick’s pride and support for his son’s accomplishments were evident as he expressed admiration for Jalen’s participation in the All-Star Game.