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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: $31,650,600
How has the talent level progressed in the NBA? Rick Carlisle: The game has evolved to where the skill of shooting is so decisively important. If you can’t shoot, it’s very hard to be a high-level player in today’s game. The next phase of NBA basketball is going to be the centers shooting 3’s and driving the ball and making plays. Guys like [Kristaps] Porzingis are already doing it. Guys like Anthony Davis are already doing it. We’ve got [Domantas] Sabonis, who is a playmaking big, who’s working on his long-range shooting. That opens up so many possibilities for any player in this league.
“It was incredible again. Another beautiful place,” Kidd said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I got to hang out with KP. We had a couple dinners, I got to see him work out. But I also got to just see him on his turf I think a lot of times we don’t get to see our Europeans their homes. So I got the opportunity to go over there and hang out and we had a great time. “KP’s incredible not just a basketball player but a person. We all know.. well, I just learned that he loves the fights, the boxing matches and stuff like that. You look at just learning something new about a person by going to their hometown was something that I was excited about doing and I had a great time.”

Jason Kidd on Kristaps Porzingis: 'He's in a good place, physically and mentally'

When The News caught up with him on Saturday in Mansfield’s Fieldhouse USA, where the Jason Kidd Select girls basketball teams were competing, Kidd estimated that he and Smith were in Riga for three days. When traversing international time zones, details become a little fuzzy. “KP was an incredible host,” Kidd said. “We had dinners. “We got to see him work out and we got to talk a lot. “He’s in a good place, physically and mentally,” Kidd added of Porzingis, “and I’m excited about the opportunity to coach him.”
The 2021-22 season will start what Kidd hopes will be a long and fruitful relationship with Porzingis. “I wanted to see where he lived, that is home for him,” Kidd said. “Beautiful place. “We always talk about family. Sometimes we need to show our care-factor. I care. I wanted to let him know that I care. “I know that he’s healthy. I know he’s excited. And then I just wanted to talk to him about things basketball-wise as well as off the court. We always talk about basketball, but I wanted to see where he was off the court. “He’s in a great place.”