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Taylor Swift credits friendship with Amar’e Stoudemire for why she’s a Knicks fan

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Taylor Swift once again was seated in prime position in Madison Square Garden’s “Celebrity Row” on Wednesday night as the New York Knicks hosted the Orlando Magic.

And while other members of the glitterati were also on hand and seated nearby, such as Justin Verlander and Kate Upton, not to mention Amanda Seyfried, the 24-year-old music genre-bending superstar not only shows up for games, she has developed into a big-time fan of the Knickerbockers over the years.

Swift, recently named New York City’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” — quite the moniker — reveals in a Time magazine interview that the reason she has become such a huge backer of the team is partly due to a sequence of random encounters with Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire over a period of years 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,” Swift told the magazine. “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.”

Swift also says she developed a love for Madison Square Garden as a youngster, which only emboldens her dedication to the Knicks.

“And also I performed at the Knicks’—at Madison Square Garden’s—Kids Talent Competition at halftime when I was 12 or 13,” Swift says. “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.”

The friendship that apparently exists between Swift and Amar’e is evident in videos the two shot that are shown on the MSG jumbotron during Knicks games, in which the dynamic duo sing Swift’s hit, “Shake It Off.”

Stoudemire even helped Swift dunk a basketball on the hardwood, presumably during the time when the Jumbotron video was shot.

BFF’s for sure.

Swift isn’t some fairweather fan, either. When it is mentioned to her during the interview that the Knicks aren’t very good, Swift didn’t seem overly concerned.

“I love them, though,” she said. “Why does that matter?”

Now that’s a fan. A very optimistic fan who hasn’t yet become so disillusioned she can scarcely bear watching the team continue to lose. Maybe give her a few years.

(image credit: Ben Chew/Twitter)