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Kristaps Porzingis won’t play for Latvia in Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks in action against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2016 in New York City. The Cavaliers defeated the Knicks 107-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The Knicks got their wish with Kristaps Porzingis.

Andrejs Silins of Sportacentrs.com:

Latvia is set to compete in an Olympic Qualifying Tournament, but reaching Rio will be much more difficult now. I’m not sure Porzingis would’ve put Latvia over the top, but he at least would have made the team more competitive.

Now, he’s more likely to provide that for the Knicks next season. They wanted him training under their watch, and hopefully they provide instruction that maximizes his ability to produce in the NBA. The sky is the limit for Porzingis, and a little more strength and polish would make him only better.