Pop star and New York institution Taylor Swift, who moved to New York in April, is a big fan of the New York Knicks. She is a fan despite the fact that the Knicks are a garbage-ass basketball team, but as Swift told Time.com, her love of them is not entirely without merit:
You recently moved to New York. Are you a Knicks fan now?
You realize they're not very good.
I love them, though. Why does that matter? So you run into a bunch of different, interesting types of people at the Met Ball. I've gone the last four years. And the most normal people at that event, every single time, are Amar'e Stoudemire and his wife Alexis. I talk with them and hang with them every time I'm there. So I've always had this sort of love of the Knicks, just because Amar'e is so cool. And also I performed at the Knicks'—at Madison Square Garden's—Kids Talent Competition at halftime when I was 12 or 13. And ever since then I've had this kind of sparkly, magical opinion of Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, since they let me sing when I was a little kid.
That's a compelling reason, but I'm not buying that Swift's really down for the cause until I see some pictures of her hanging out at 1 Oak with J.R. Smith at 3:00 a.m.