Kristaps Porzingis Rumors

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Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
Position: C
Born: 08/02/95
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $4,131,720
Along with packs of ice, Gatorade bottles and the occasional gym bag, it’s not uncommon for NBA players to be seen toting personal items out of practice sessions. Still, it was little unusual to see Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks’ 20-year-old Latvian rookie, clutching a bright orange book under his arm as he exited the gym after a summer-league practice a few weeks ago. “Coach [Derek] Fisher gave it to me. It’s called ‘The Positive Dog.’ Took me maybe three days to finish, and was simple to understand—explained in a childish way,” Porzingis said of the Jon Gordon title, which uses a pair of talking dogs to illustrate the importance of a positive outlook on life.
via Wall Street Journal
Jackson projects that Porzingis will add at least 10 pounds of muscle before his first season commences, yet concerns still linger over his prize draft pick. “Like Shawn Bradley, who was nevertheless a pretty good player, KP might almost be too tall for the game. What I mean is that his core strength might never be good enough, and that he might not be able to get low enough to get himself into prime defensive position to body power rebounders or drivers.”
“I actually disagree with all the critics [against] the Knicks,’’ Barkley said. “I think the Knicks should be on national television this year. They actually got NBA players.’’ The Knicks are coming off a 17-65 season and have been downgraded on the national TV schedule from 23 games to 16. For those who don’t count NBA-TV, the Knicks, who had a modest free-agent haul and selected European project Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4, make seven appearances on ABC/ESPN/TNT.
via New York Post
With coach Derek Fisher playing him at center and not his natural power-forward position, the rail-thin Porzingis drew rave reviews in Vegas for not backing down from interior physical play, blocking shots and looking poised. But the 3-point sharpshooter is not getting carried away thinking his Vegas performance means he will master his rookie season. “I’m in between happy and my normal calm,’’ Porzingis told The Post. “I’m not thinking: ‘I did good in summer league — now I’m going to do good in the NBA.’ Our training camp will start later and I have to prove myself once again, play as hard as I can and earn my minutes. That was just summer league — a few games to see how I compare to other rookies and get a taste of American basketball.’’
via New York Post