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October 21, 2017 | 12:06 pm EDT Update
Carmelo Anthony, a mentor to Porzingis, understands why the decision on a contract extension will be difficult. He broke down the options to the following choices: either stay in New York to bask in the challenge of leading a team, or leave for a better chance to win. “He’s young. He’s young enough where if he wanted to take that deal, take it. You still got years. New York is his now,” Anthony told the Daily News. “But on the flip side, with the way the game is going, people want to win. And there’s going to have to come that point where he makes that decision. As players, we all go through that. It’s a tough decision because you want to be there, you want to commit to him. The ball is in your hands. The onus is on you now. But on the flip side, I know him personally, so I know how bad he wants to win by any means.”
But a player of Porzingis’ caliber has options, which include waiting to see whether the organization gets its act together before committing more years of his career. “One thing about these young guys, they’re becoming smarter and smarter,” Anthony said. “They’re seeing how we do it, and they’re like, ‘We might wait and see how things are going.’ “And at this time, guys want to compete. At the end of the day, guys want to compete. And if they want to go to a place where they want to compete. And if it’s that team, they’ll stay. And if not, then it’s elsewhere.”
October 21, 2017 | 6:41 am EDT Update