New York Knicks rookie power forward Kristaps Porzingis has thrown down some ferocious putback dunks this season, so it was only a matter of time until he found himself on the receiving end of a posterazation from one of his cohorts. The man doing the damage? None other than the Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard.
During the overtime session of New York’s disappointing 116-111 loss to Houston, Howard sprung into the air, corralled the alley-oop pass thrown to him by Marcus Thorton, then proceeded to violently throw it down on Porzingis.
Despite Howard’s huge highlight, Porzingis’ psyche was not fractured at all, and he’s already plotting his revenge on the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
“He dunked on me; he got me. I was asking [my teammates], ‘When is the next game against Houston? I want to get him back,’” Porzingis said with a grin. “You know, it happens. He’s a great player. I’m looking forward to playing next time against him.”
I love Kristaps Porzingis! He was complimentary of Howard, but noted that he’s eager to issue a rebuttal, something that any other 7-foot-3, 20-year-old, slender Latvian big man may be sheepish about. Big men hailing from foreign lands have often been billed as “soft,” but that’s not the case with Porzingis, with this quote and his tenacity in the paint serving as the evidence.
The Knicks and Rockets have already squared off twice this season, so Porzingis will have to wait until next year to get back at Howard. We’ll be sure to revisit things in 365 days after Porzingis wins MVP, Finals MVP and the Knicks an NBA championship. Move over Carmelo Anthony. (I kid!)