The Knicks’ Jalen Brunson is quietly a huge Justin Bieber fan

Jalen Brunson is an outspoken and proud Belieber.

The new Knicks point guard revealed his pregame routine includes listening to at least one Justin Bieber song – a tradition that dates back to his playing days at Villanova.

“I wasn’t always a Bieber fan,” the 26-year-old said in an interview with the Knicks digital team.

But with some flattery from his younger sister Erica, who was a “Bieber fan from the start,” the Jersey-born sharpshooter began to understand and later embrace the power of the Canadian pop sensation.

“I remember he put out an album in 2015,” he said of Purpose, which featured the formerly shaggy singer’s hit “What Do You Mean.”

“And my sister, that’s about the time me and my sister started actually becoming friends, like actually talking. She said, ‘Hey, you need to check out this album.'”

Brunson, who would go on to win two national championships with Villanova, initially refused to lend an ear to the “Baby” singer. But “I kind of started listening to it. It was really good,” he recalls.

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Jalen Brunson credits his sister with introducing him to Justin Bieber.
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“I think alright this is good stuff, I’ll check it out.”

But Bieber unexpectedly became Brunson’s lucky charm and a mandatory part of his pregame routine after one of the singer’s songs popped up on his playlist ahead of a Wildcats game.

“Then we won that game, so I was like, ‘Is that something like that?'” he said. “So since college I’ve had to listen to at least one Bieber song before every game. I don’t know how, but it’s one thing. Then I became a real fan.”

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Brunson wasn’t initially a fan of Justin Bieber, but the Knicks star has incorporated the pop sensation into his pre-game ritual.
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Brunson – who the Knicks signed to a four-year, $104 million deal in July – not only brings unorthodox taste in music but also a measure of confidence and confidence to his team.

“I know who I am as a person. i am a leader I’m a hard working guy. Will do anything to win. sacrifice a lot. So this is me…I want to earn that respect,” he said.

The 6-foot-2 former Dallas Maverick also said the ongoing hunger pushes him to constantly improve his game.

“When I start to feel satisfied, I know something is wrong,” he joked.

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Emma Bowman

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