LEIPAJA, Latvia (CBSNewYork) — Prefer it or not, Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis is enjoying for the Latvian nationwide group this summer time.
The Knicks’ star massive man introduced his plans Monday at a information convention in his hometown of Leipaja. In doing so, Porzingis revealed that he nonetheless has not spoken to the Knicks since blowing off his April thirteen exit interview and that he didn’t ask for his or her blessing earlier than committing to play within the European Championships.
“To be trustworthy, I don’t need to touch upon something that occurred on the season’s finish,” Porzingis stated, in response to the New York Publish. “Personally, I didn’t have any contact with anyone from the membership (because the season ended).”
In honoring the Knicks’ needs, the 7-foot-three standout skipped final yr’s European Championships so he might keep in New York to work on enhancing his NBA recreation. When requested Monday how the Knicks felt about his participation this time round, Porzingis reportedly let his brother, Janis, who’s one in every of his brokers, area the query.
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“Kristaps is able to determine for himself on enjoying for the nationwide aspect,” Janis stated, the Day by day Information reported.
“I considered this for some time already, perhaps subconsciously, however when the season ended and since I’m wholesome — I noticed that I definitely need to assist the nationwide group,’’ Porzingis added.
Porzingis wouldn’t touch upon why he missed his season-ending interview with workforce president Phil Jackson. In response to a number of studies, he isn’t happy with the best way the Knicks are being run, fueling hypothesis that the standoff could possibly be the primary crack in an eventual cut up between the group and 21-yr-previous former first-spherical decide.
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Porzingis, nevertheless, advised a Latvian sports activities journal in late March that he needs to retire as a Knick, and he stated Monday that he intends to report for coaching camp on time in September.
He has two years remaining on his contract and can be a restricted free agent after that.
The Knicks went 31-fifty one this previous season and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight yr.