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Charlotte Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky goes all Bartman to troll Chicago Cubs

Charlotte Hornets forward and Chicago White Sox fan Frank Kaminsky III (44) scores past the Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Monday. The Hornets won in overtime 108-104 (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Charlotte Hornets forward and Chicago White Sox fan Frank Kaminsky III (44) scores past the Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Monday. The Hornets won in overtime 108-104 (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) AP

Many Chicagoans define themselves as either” “Northsiders” or “Southsiders,” and certainly that applies to Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky.

Kaminsky grew up in the Chicago suburb of Lisle, Ill., and fervently roots for the Southside’s Chicago White Sox in baseball. So much so that when Kaminsky returned to Chicago for Monday’s preseason exhibition against the Bulls, he let Cubs fans know what he thought of their playoff run.

Kaminsky showed up at United Center in a custom “Bartman” Cubs jersey. He was needling Cubs fans about the incident back in the 2003 National League Championship Series, when fan Steve Bartman tried to catch a foul ball and instead interfered with outfielder Moises Alou’s chance of catching it for an out.

Partially due to that snafu, the Cubs blew a 3-0 lead in that potentially series-clinching game, falling to the Florida Marlins. Bartman had to be escorted out of Wrigley Field by security and became a pariah among Cubs fans.

So Kaminsky twisted the knife a bit as the Cubs attempt to win this season’s NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kaminsky told Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, “There is a sense of jealousy. I’m a White Sox fan. I don’t want to see (the Cubs) do well.”

The Bartman jersey set off a back-and-forth on Twitter between Kaminsky and the Cubs official account. The Cubs found a picture of Kaminsky’s Wisconsin team losing the 2015 national championship game to Duke.

Kaminsky countered by posting a picture of the Billy Goat curse that allegedly has plagued the Cubs since 1945.

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