Watching the story of Kristaps Porzingis has been very interesting this season. It started with getting booed on draft day and that quickly turned into praise once he stepped onto that court. The city of New York has grown to love him as they have watched him play and witness his potential. As a whole, the Knicks have struggled but with a few moves and the right pieces, they can easily climb that ladder and enter the playoff discussion. And a lot of that is predicated on Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Early on there were rumbles of these two not being the best of buddies and Carmelo getting a little jealous of the Porzingis craze by fans, but in Anthony’s discussion with ESPN’s Ian Begley, he’s been helping the young rookie and their relationship is truly organic:
“Sometimes throughout the course of the game, it’s a running conversation. Sometimes he has question: ‘What you think about this, what you think about that?’ I give my input. Obviously he accepts it because he keeps coming aback for the advice and the input. I’m more than welcome to sit there and talk to him. What we have is not forced, it’s organic. I try not to force it, he tries not to force it. it just comes naturally.”
From what I’ve seen, these guys seem to get along pretty well. I’ve actually been pretty impressed on how Carmelo has taken Kristaps under his wing and has really looked out for the kid. On numerous occasions, Anthony has come to Porzingis’s defense in scuffles and altercations when guys have tried to rattle the rookie and get up in his grill. Carmelo was right there, letting them know that it wasn’t going down.
And even when you watch how Anthony has played, you can see a difference in his outlook on the game. Although his points per game are a bit down, he’s made an effort to move the ball more this year and get others involved. I really think Carmelo is embracing the young rookie and acknowledges that this kid is the future. If he knows what’s best, they have to co-exist because neither one of them are going anywhere anytime soon; unless Carmelo is willing to waive his no-trade clause and go join LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and the rest of the old farts. But that’s another story for a different day.