The salsa culture in the Big Apple is certainly contagious.
After Wednesday night’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat the Charlotte Bobcats, Knicks guard JR Smith paid tribute to fellow New York star Victor Cruz by celebrating his game-winner with a taste of salsa.
Smith, who was 1-of-9 from downtown on the night prior to the shot, helped the Knicks’ complete a fourth-quarter rally and win the contest, 100-98.
Cruz, known for performing the salsa following a touchdown, was touched a fellow New York athlete followed in his (literal) footsteps.
Here’s Ralph Vacciano’s piece from The Daily News:
Smith’s version of the Cruz salsa was a pleasant surprise for the former Giants receiver, who played AAU basketball with Smith when they were teenagers in New Jersey.
“It was good to see,” Cruz said on Thursday. “It’s not every day you hit a game-winner and get to salsa on them a little bit.”
Cruz said it was only a matter of seconds before his phone “blew up” with messages from friends who saw Smith’s dance. Cruz immediately texted Smith, writing, “You didn’t have to salsa on them like that. LOL!”
The Knicks, who currently stand atop the Eastern Conference, are probably more surprising than the New York Giants, who are still a game up form the surging Washington Redskins in the NFC East.
Follow Sam on Twitter @SamSpiegs