The player who sank the shot delighted in the comedian’s pained reaction.
Being a true fan means not only celebrating the highs but enduring a team’s worst moments as well — and when the lackluster New York Knicks recently hosted the Golden State Warriors juggernaut at Madison Square Garden, former ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart showed the world what the latter looked like. Following a very ill-advised but ultimately successful turnaround jump shot by Golden State’s JaVale McGee, the funnyman in attendance registered the pain in a hilariously visible fashion.
Many celebrities attending sporting events like to put on their coolest, most stoic poker face, lest the camera catches them in anguish or exhilaration. But it quickly became apparent that Jon Stewart isn’t that type of celebrity.
You good, Jon Stewart? 😂 https://t.co/3PU6VzQV82— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 1519699230
Unless Jon Stewart was experiencing other issues in concert with the Knicks’ struggles, he might be overselling the drama here. I mean:
We are all Jon Stewart watching the #Knicks https://t.co/5FcUiI7Ecz— Marlow Stern (@Marlow Stern) 1519700632
It didn’t take long for sports media to use this reaction to illustrate the pain that all Knicks fans experience during their woebegone decades.
Later that night, JaVale McGee, seemingly pleased at the anguish he was able to cause a fan of the opposition, made Stewart’s pained face his Twitter profile pic:
#ICYMI: JaVale McGee had a bit of fun with his Twitter profile picture after nailing a fadeaway jumper in front of… https://t.co/HOdILQ3DGM— NBC Bay Area (@NBC Bay Area) 1519835417
Many see athletic success as a zero-sum game — and it’s pretty clear from this series of events that Jon Stewart’s tragedy is JaVale McGee’s triumph.