Fat Joe welcomes NBA stars Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier to the New York Knicks 

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Lifelong New York Knicks fan Fat Joe led the NBA team’s welcoming committee Tuesday as they introduced their new free agent acquisitions: former Boston Celtics players Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier.

The Terror Squad founder wore Kemba’s number eight Knicks jersey as he appeared with them at Madison Square Garden. Native New Yorker Joe grew up loving the Knicks, and is often courtside at home games, sitting near the ultimate Knicks fans, Spike Lee. In March, he performed at halftime of a game against Drake’s favorite team, the Toronto Raptors.

The Knicks made the playoffs for the first time in eight years this season, and the “Lean Back “rapper has high expectations for next season.

“The DNA of the Knicks, with Julius [Randle], RJ [Barrett] and D. Rose [Derrick Rose] is gonna be exciting,” Joe said in a team video.

“We got Fournier to knock down some shots,” he added. “I mean, we ready.”

Joe has always felt playing for the Knicks was special.

“You can come here, to the greatest city on Earth, under the brightest lights, in the greatest arena on Earth, and kick some butt and be the man,” he told the New York Times in 2012. “It’s like Frank Sinatra sang: If you make it here, you make it anywhere, baby. If you’re the king of this team right here, you’re the biggest person on Earth; I don’t care what anyone says.”

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