Kristaps Porzingis Rumors

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Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
Position: F-C
Born: 08/02/95
Height: 7-3 / 2.21
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $27,285,000
T.O. Souryal, the Mavericks’ former longtime team doctor, isn’t ready to decry the 25-year-old Porzingis’ durability, longevity or potential. Instead, Porzingis’ latest setback might be a product of the evolution of the center position and his touch-heavy, versatile fit in the Mavericks’ scheme. “Anytime you have a star player with multiple injuries, especially to both knees, it’s a little troubling,” Souryal said. “But he seems to have come back from his ACL stronger than ever, so that injury’s behind us now. Each one of these injuries should be taken on its own merit.”
Storyline: Kristaps Porzingis Injury
The play of centers more often looks like that of guards, so it’s no coincidence, Souryal said, that their list of injuries — such as ankle sprains and knee ligament tears — can, too. “[Porzingis] plays more similar to a Luka than the traditional center, [who were] not so agile, not very quick, not very fast,” Souryal said. “Physics really comes into play now. You know, the velocity of the movement, it does make you susceptible to injury, and it’s not so much Kristaps. It’s anyone who moves that fast, plants that quick, jumps that rapidly.”
In Porzingis’s case, do you know how many players 7-3 or taller have played 1,000 NBA games? Freaking zero of them, that’s how many. Even off-the-charts talents like Yao and Sampson have seen the curtain close early on their careers due to lower extremity injuries. Mark Eaton is the world record holder in this class at 875 games; his longevity trick was to never, ever jump, even while leading the league in blocked shots.
With surgery possible after the repair of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Porzingis will face questions about his durability until the 7-foot-3 Latvian proves otherwise. “I can’t really be too worried about that,” he said. “Both of them were contact injuries. What I can do is just focus on the work that I can put it to make sure that I decrease the possibility of that happening. That means strengthening everything and trying to do all the preventative work I can. That’s in my hands. I can’t be too frustrated over these type of things.”
4 weeks ago via ESPN
It is at least Dallas Mavericks dream. And one NBA analyst suggests Giannis Antetokounmpo joining forces with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis by landing with the Dallas Mavericks might be a tad more realistic than that. “Of all the (stars), I think he would (consider leaving an existing team to come to Dallas),” said NBA analyst Brian Scalabrine in a Tuesday visit with 105.3 The Fan’s “K&C Masterpiece.” “To leave a team, that’s a hard thing to do, especially if you’re a guy like him. Just think about Dirk Nowitzki. He was Dallas all the way, (and) it seems like Giannis is all the way (with Milwaukee). “But,” Scalabrine continued. “I think you (Dallas) have just as good a chance as anyone else. … Los Angeles, Miami, or any of the other favorite teams. I think the Dallas Mavericks, you look at their cap situation, with a superstar (in Luka Doncic) and (Kristaps Porzingis). … I’m telling you right now it’s not zero (chance).”
Conventional wisdom keeps “The Greek Freak” in Milwaukee, of course. But Scalabrine paints a picture “that if (the Bucks) lose to Miami (in these NBA Playoffs) … they offer him a Super-Max (a five-year max contract extension) … (and) he turns it down, it does open up the possibility. I’m not thinking there’s no chance, I know a lot of people would say that. I think there is a chance that he could end up (in Dallas).”
“I think it’s a bit early to make that judgment,” a West executive said. “We need to see what happens in the next year with him, but my gut tells me he’s going to be a legit No. 2 guy. But it’s hard to be that guy when you’re sitting on the bench.” Added a West scout: “There’s some optimism there. Give the Mavs credit. They went and got a 1 and potentially a 2. Doncic is definitely a 1. I’m not all-in on Porzingis as a 2, but he’s a really good 3 in the worst case. Now it’s just about filling in the pieces around them.”