Top Stories

Latvia Rumors

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.”