Exit meetings after the NBA season is over are standard. Some players may successfully avoid the media horde that awaits them but they always talk with the coaches, front office personnel and sometimes the owner if he's present. Not Kristaps Porzingis. Not with the New York Knicks.
After team president Phil Jackson said that Carmelo Anthony would be better off on another team, second-year forward Porzingis decided he'd had enough with the circus. He skipped the exit interviews, according to ESPN's Ian Begley:
Porzingis, according to team sources, is frustrated with the Knicks' lack of direction. The team missed out on the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
The club was pegged as a potential playoff contender this season, but struggled to develop any cohesion and stumbled through a 30-51 season.
Jackson spent $72 million on faded, oft-injured free-agent center Joakim Noah, who averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in just 46 apperances. He traded for Derrick Rose, a 27% three-point shooting point guard to run the Triangle offense under first-year coach Jeff Hornacek who was being forced to use it.
A starting point guard who can't shoot threes running the Triangle is like running motion offense with players who don't move well. Current Wizards guard Brandon Jennings, who requested his release from the circus to join a playoff team, still scoffs at what he experienced in New York.
Porzingis, who averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds, probably could handle the 101 losses in his two seasons if there were signs of progress with the franchise. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost far more but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
In New York, there's only dysfunction as Jackson is allowed free reign by owner James Dolan. The crosstown Brooklyn Nets won fewer games. They don't even have draft picks as they pay for the sins of past bad decisions by ownership and the front office.
The Nets, however, are still in a better place than the Knicks.