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Garnett is known more for trash-talking than helping out opponents, but he stopped Porzingis. “You hear the boos and KG gave me great advice,’’ Porzingis said at the Knicks’ morning shootaround in Orlando’s Amway Center. “He came up to me in the summer league and (said): ‘Use that as motivation. Just let that drive you every day when you step on the floor.’ That’s what I’m trying to do. I don’t focus on it. It’s not the only thing that drives me and it still sits inside me. I just want to prove those fans wrong, prove I could be a good player.’’
Fifteen games into Porzingis’ NBA career, the Knicks’ rookie is doing just that. Porzingis, 20, is nearly averaging a double-double (13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds) and shattering the stereotype he knew didn’t fit him. “I’m not surprising myself,” Porzingis said. “I knew what I was capable of. A lot of people weren’t expecting much from me right away, so maybe a lot of people are surprised. But I knew what I could do.
A second-round pick of the Blazers in 2007, Byars has been on several NBA training camp rosters and summer league teams, appeared in two games with the Spurs in 2012, and played in the D-League. “I really thought he would succeed in the NBA,” said Byars, who played collegiately at Virginia and Vanderbilt. “I didn’t think he would be the quote-unquote European bust. One-hundred percent I didn’t think he would be a bust.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis says he’s learning from Knicks president Phil Jackson. “Phil is there for me, whatever I need on the court, off the court stuff. So we have a great relationship obviously,” Porzingis said on on ESPN 98.7 FM. “Hes always helping me with little details on the court. Hes a master so I couldnt ask for a better mentor.”