Last week, reports began to leak out that Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis had missed the team’s exit interviews/meetings at the close of their season.
Then it came to light that teams were calling Phil Jackson and the Knicks about the 21-year-old.
Now, this is a pretty big deal but it may have gotten even bigger thanks to Porzingis himself.
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Needless to say, missing the exits was a big deal for more than one reason.
Unless you are under contract negotiations, you really don’t want to get a call from your general manager, president, or owner over the summer – especially when your team president is Phil Jackson.
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When you’re a professional athlete, it’s frustrating when your team’s season doesn’t go the way you envisioned it would; it happens to everyone at some point in their career.
Despite bringing in former MVP Derrick Rose and former Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, the team still failed to make the postseason again.
They could possibly be losing Carmelo Anthony, Noah had a 20-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, and DRose’s knees betrayed him again.
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However, the silver lining was supposed to be Porzingis. He is an emerging superstar who is ‘redefining what an NBA big man is. At 7’3″, the Latvian is incredibly agile, athletic, quick, can shoot, defend, all of it.
Hence the nickname Kevin Durant gave him when he was a rookie, “The Unicorn.”
But, how much longer will the Knicks have him for? It doesn’t appear – from Porzingis’ now-deleted tweet – for very long.