Knicks small forward Nigel Hayes knows he drew attention when he called New York "too big" and "dirty," and now he wants the fans to do their best to help change his mind.
In an interview with the Daily News, the rookie opened up about comments he made while in New York as a member of the Wisconsin Badgers.
"It's not like I said New York people are bad people," he said. "I didn't say anything about the people at all. I just said the area in which I stayed, playing in college (during winter tournaments), we stayed in a hotel that was literally smack-dab in the middle of Manhattan during the holiday season," he explained.
"But now I'm here, I put a challenge out to the fans: I'm very outgoing, very engaging, so any fan that wants to show the beauty in it and help me change my ignorant mind," he said. "It's the best city in the world, everyone says. I'm eager to go explore and see what this has to offer."
Hayes went undrafted but averaged 5.2 points and 5 rebounds per game in five contests for the Knicks' summer league squad. He signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks in August.