Many know Kyle O'Quinn as the powerful Knicks center, but most don't realize he is a hot commodity in the bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah scene.
O'Quinn has spent a few Saturdays appearing as a bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah entertainer during his time with the Knicks, and after doing a couple, the moniker "Bar Mitzvah Man" was born.
"The parties are crazy," O'Quinn told ESPN's Ian Begley. "I did one, did two, and the next thing you know, I was just Bar Mitzvah Man."
The 6-foot-10 center is usually scheduled to make a brief appearance. However, he finds himself staying longer due to how much fun the parties can be.
"A lot of times, I go and I stay longer than I'm supposed to because it's so much fun," O'Quinn said. "The food's always good. The only thing that gets a little overwhelming is the kids; sometimes they don't listen to the structure of the party and it just gets loose.
"And the [parents] kind of leave it like, 'Kyle, you deal with it.' And it's kids saying, 'Selfie, selfie, selfie, snapchat, what's your snapchat?' But once you get that out of the way, it's fun."
O'Quinn admitted he never attended a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah while growing up in Queens, saying "I didn't have any Jewish friends." But, after he got the invite to attend the bat mitzvah of the daughter of his agent, Andy Miller, he couldn't believe how much fun it was.
"That was one of the best parties I've been to in my life," O'Quinn said.
It was so much fun it prompted O'Quinn's agency to book apperances at bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs. He usually makes his grand entrance with a video or an emcee introduction. Then, it's party time.
"They see how much I enjoy it and they let me rock out," he said. "The parents are partying with the kids and it's a big festival. They're letting loose, having a good time and the kids are having a good time.
"Honestly, it's really nice to be a part of their culture and be down with them."
O'Quinn doesn't have a scheduled appearance in the future as he is preoccupied with his regular job with the Knicks. In his third season in New York, the 27-year-old is currently averaging a career-high in points (6.5), rebounds (6.0), assists (2.0), and field goal percentage (.577).