Kristaps Porzingis on being face of Knicks: “It’s something that I wanted one day”
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The New York Knicks are now Kristaps Porzingis’ team — and that’s a good thing. It is the step the franchise needed to make, even though it was going to come with some bumps along the way.
Is Porzingis ready for this? He said all the right things, speaking to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Not everyone has the temperament to play in New York, especially not every superstar. Porzingis seems to have that down.
The key question with Porzingis isn’t “can he be good enough to lead this team?” He showed his skill again during EuroBasket where he was dominant with Latvia. The real question is “will he be durable enough to lead this team?” KP played in 66 games last season and missed 10 as a rookie, and among Phil Jackson’s concerns with the Latvian was whether he could hold up physically to the rigors of the NBA schedule? Every night teams are going to bang on him, be physical with him, and can he handle it?
The Knicks are betting he can. We are about to find out.