Knicks fan auctions fanhood for $3,500

Long Island native to cheer for Lakers

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A disgruntled lifelong New York Knicks fan has a new team to cheer for after auctioning off his allegiance on eBay.

Evan Perlmutter, 33, will spend the upcoming NBA season rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to a winning bid of $3,500.

James Riedel, 23, won the auction titled "Infuriated New York Knicks fan has had enough, selling my fanhood."

Reidel told ESPN he bid on the auction because it would "provide good content for my YouTube Channel."

Per the terms of the auction, Perlmutter will have to attend two Lakers games (one home, one away) and bet $500 that the Lakers will beat their over/under win total.

Perlmutter, who grew up on Long Island cheering for the Knicks and once worked at Madison Square Garden, took some abuse online from his fellow Knicks fans. He was also on the other side of terse statement issued by the team itself.

"We're sure our millions of loyal Knicks fans won't mind losing this attention-grabbing gentleman," the statement read. "We remain focused on the upcoming season -- with a hard-working team that is proud to represent New York and its dedicated fans."

Perlmutter set the starting price for his auction at $1,973 in reference to the last year the Knicks won an NBA championship. The team has won just one playoff series over the past 18 years and lost at least 50 games in each of its past four seasons.

He told Bleacher Report that his breaking point with the Knicks was when the team drafted Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in June's NBA draft instead of going with his "No. 1 target" Michael Porter Jr.

As part of the auction, he has also pledged to throw out his "awesome Knicks trash can" and "burn no less than 3 articles of Knicks memorabilia."

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