Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Aminu Al-Farouq has agreed to a four year, $30 million deal with Portland, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
October 19, 2017 | 1:43 pm EDT Update
Kristaps Porzingis on his mindset as the face of NYK going forward: “I never doubt myself. I never feel like I’m not ready for something even if it’s the most difficult challenge in my life. I always try to think about the things I’m capable of doing and focus on those things and focus on the thing I can affect. I’m never too afraid of a situation. I’m here now, I had a great experience watching Melo how he does stuff on and off the court. I think that’s what I’m going to use to go forward.”
Kristaps Porzingis on how things will be different without Carmelo Anthony: “I think we’re going to realize that as we go forward, how much pressure he took off of everybody and how valuable a player like that actually is. He just draws so much attention. We’re going – and myself also I’m going to feel it as the season goes on. Right now I’m just going to play my game really and not try to force things, play my game and that’s it.”
Dan Duangdao: How do you feel about being the steal of the draft and is there any pressure to live up to the hype? Kyle Kuzma: It’s pretty cool to prove the doubters wrong, people who weren’t familiar with my game. Now they know how good I am, I’m sure. I don’t think there’s any pressure because I was picked 27th (laughs). If I was picked top-five, there would be some pressure, but I just try to come in and work hard every day and try to gain the respect of my teammates and coaches.
DD: Lakers fans always want to know this, so have you talked to and/or worked out with Kobe Bryant yet? KK: I haven’t talked to Kobe, haven’t seen him, but I would love to. I love his mentality and how he approaches the game and I try to approach it that type of way. Just how hard he worked on his game and I want to be known as that type of guy that works hard, too.
DD: Did you model your game after any players? KK: I like Draymond Green, but I try to take pieces from everybody’s game. I watch Carmelo Anthony, I watch KD, I watch a mixture of everybody. I like to steal from multiple people because I’m not a position guy. I’m a basketball player, so I can learn from multiple guys.