New York Knicks’ rookie Kristaps Porzingis is now all but getting love for playing in the “Big Apple”.
The preseason atmosphere in one way has simmered down the off-putting remarks that the Latvian ballplayer had taken in ever since it was announced that he was suiting up for a Knickerbocker jersey.
In a report from Newsday, Jeff Van Gundy who coached the Knicks for 6 years in 1995 to 2001 has an upswing remark for the 7’1 power forward.
“The little I have seen Porzingis, I have liked him,” Van Gundy said. He asserted it during an ABC Monday conference to kick-off the NBA season.
“I liked his whole attitude after getting drafted. I liked his assertiveness in the minutes I’ve seen him play,” Van Gundy added.
His colleague Mark Jackson, who also shed the orange-and-blue blood as a point guard for the New York Knicks in when he debuted in the NBA in 1987, was more straightforward with his viewpoint on the new recruit.
“Porzingis is a guy that can play,” Jackson was quick to declare.
The former coach for the Golden State Warriors lengthily added that “I would lean toward him starting because Carmelo Anthony’s presence on the floor will simply make him better because of his ability to score. They’re going to double-team Melo and create opportunities for him.”
Both analysts thought came into a settlement that the Knicks with this year’s enhanced roster no longer has the remote possibility of nabbing a place in the playoffs. Van Gundy and Jackson are all standing by the prediction of Anthony being in his prime condition and Porzingis generating his share from an Anthony double-team.
Earlier in the 2015 draft, Porzingis received a lot of flak for being a virtual anonymity while being chosen by the Knicks with their fourth pick.
The Euro-League standout Kristaps Porzingis, according to Bleacher Report, has amassed an average of 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in just over 20 minutes per game during the Las Vegas basketball boot camp which promptly made him a “favorite” among the upcoming NBA upstarts.
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