The story of how New York Knicks fans booed their No. 4 overall pick in this past year’s NBA Draft, Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis, will be recounted numerous times this season, so I’m going to refrain from getting into that anecdote.
What I will get into however, is how team president Phil Jackson spent the summer fielding a much more respectable team than last season’s, and that includes the drafting of the 20-year-old Porzingis, who has impressive mobility and athletic ability for a guy of his stature (7’0 feet tall.)
Porzingis’ skills were on fully display in the Knicks’ home-opening loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, as he stole the ball, spun to dodge Paul Millsap, and then threw down a nifty one-handed slam, which triggered a huge eruption from the New York faithful in attendance.
From WorldStar, to cornrows, to this dunk, the legend of Kristaps Porzingis continues to grow. The rookie has shown flashes in his first two games as a Knick, and many of the naysayers that had barked so loudly about the selection are beginning to pipe down a little bit.