The Knicks wanted to avoid a circus at training camp, and they accomplished their mission with an 11th-hour deal with OKC. The 6-8 forward comes to OKC after 6.5 seasons with the New York Knicks. On Monday, Porzingis spoke in a formal setting as a Knick for the first time since he skipped the team's exit meetings after the end of last season. The Knicks can shift their focus on building around Kristaps Porzingis.
"My decision is a pure basketball decision and I'll make the one that fits me best at this point in my career, and with what I feel I have to offer a team that needs what I have to offer", Wade said in the AP interview. Sure, he won the Finals MVP, but Golden State had so much firepower in that Finals matchup against Cleveland that it was nearly easy for Durant to score at will. Things could be different for Westbrook now that he's playing with players who legitimately want to be the man.
For much of his tenure at Madison Square Garden, he was also the team's most popular player - a reputation owing to his wizardry on offense, his generally friendly demeanor and the fact that he had roots in NY, having been born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, before moving to Baltimore.
"He was always the No. 1 focal point for the other team and I realize that". I was working on my game and resting my mind.
"It's Year One, and (the Thunder have) proven - and I haven't even gone through a season yet - and they've already proven everything on my check list (that) I can check off". So when he was asked on media day about the possibility of coming off the bench, Anthony couldn't help but begin to laugh. "Let's talk about the next season".
Comment on a scuffle with the former Knick Anthony Randolph during Latvia's semifinal match against Slovenia in EuroBasket, Porzingis said, "It's not worth talking about that guy". And now there's going to be more attention on me. I want to leave what happened, I want to leave it in the past. "We want to win, and that's it". Obviously now with a few changes, I'm good. "We started talking and trying to figure out how we can make this work to get him here". I know Russ (Westbrook) is in a good place. He put a lot into it. The conference youth are going to learn how to play in the world's top league the hard way and the veterans are going to have to reinvent themselves to gain an edge.
After seven unfruitful and tumultuous seasons, the Big Apple and National Basketball Association superstar Carmelo Anthony finally part ways. "The past is the past", Porzingis said. "He was a big brother from day one".
"I'm in his phones, texts". I saw him in Paris at fashion week. It was a lot of noise, so I had to find some type of quietness and find some "me" time to try to figure this all out. You came into my life and I was blessed.
". It's a different energy, a different focus, a different motivation that myself have, Paul has and Russ has, being that we haven't won a championship yet in our career, and we see that, and that's our ultimate goal."