Hall of Fame finalist Tim Hardaway Sr. realizes his son likely would still be a Knick if Kristaps Porzingis had wanted part of David Fizdale’s program. The Jan. 29 trade left his son “disappointed’’ and the father surprised the 7-foot-3 Latvian didn’t want to play for Fizdale, whom Hardaway Sr. had known in Miami. While joining a new venture that allows kids to practice their dribbling inside the house with no sound, Hardaway Sr. finally weighed in on the Knicks’ blockbuster. The trade marked the second time the Knicks had dealt his son in three-and-a-half years.
“I don’t understand that (Porzingis) situation,’’ Hardaway told The Post on the day he launched the product with two 25-year-old entrepreneurial Knicks fans. “I don’t know what happened in the (Porzingis) meeting in there. The whole thing was just funky. It was something there that the vibe wasn’t cool. Sometimes that’s the way it is. Look at Kawhi Leonard. He was in the best situation in San Antonio. Everyone thought he was in the best situation in San Antonio and then something happens and the vibe changed.’’
The constant losing had not yet gotten to Hardaway Jr., who had signed a four-year $71 million deal in 2017. The shooting guard thought their fortunes would change with Porzingis. “He was disappointed, he was disappointed,’’ Hardaway Sr. said. “He wanted to win there. He wanted to get them in the playoffs (once Porzingis got back) and see where they could go. He wanted the playoffs and have the fans cheering them in the playoffs, but there was the injury. He wasn’t disappointed about moving as much as he was disappointed he couldn’t finish what he was trying to start.’’

Dirk Nowitzki has reclaimed the No. 6 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Wilt Chamberlain on Monday night in what will probably be the final major milestone of his legendary career. Nowitzki, the longtime face of the Dallas Mavericks franchise who is playing his 21st and likely final season, spent a few years as the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history before LeBron James passed him earlier this season. He entered Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans needing four points to pass Chamberlain, who scored 31,419 points in his Hall of Fame career, and accomplished the feat by swishing his first two shots of the night.
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