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Langston Galloway, Lance Thomas, Kevin Seraphin, Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kyle O’Quinn and Lou Amundson had strong performances earlier but have tailed off lately. “I’m still going to rely on them,” Anthony said. “I think it’s a just a matter of guys being confident, being a little more confident when they get in the game. You don’t know who’s going to play on any given night. I think guys are thinking about that a little bit too much instead of focusing on when they do get in the game giving productive minutes.”
In talking with Knicks sources recently, there was a sense that the environment was better than last year, where guys did not buy into the process and everyone had their own agenda. This year, that has not been the problem; guys are willing and that’s a great first step to having success. That’s not as good as total buy-in, but it’s a starting point.
For a long time, basketball separated the family, with the brothers scattered around Europe in pursuit. Now it is bringing them together in New York. The brothers, including the middle one, Martins, speak fluent English, so the transition should be easy. The father, Talis, a former bus driver in Latvia, is eager to learn the language, but his wife Ingrida is stubborn about these things. “Mom doesn’t want to learn,” Kristaps said. “She lived in Spain for a year without knowing the language. She still found a way to live there.”
So how does one prepare for an NBA game the day after Thanksgiving? By eating with the enemy. That had the Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and their wives spending the holiday alongside Carmelo Anthony and his wife in advance of the Miami Heat’s Friday night game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Photo evidence of the get-together was supplied by Instagram accounts of both Adrienne Bosh and Gabrielle Union, Wade’s wife.
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.