Kristaps Porzingis has volunteered to care for Carmelo Anthony’s Rolls Royce should Anthony decide not to bring his luxury automobile to Oklahoma City. As for the franchise Carmelo is leaving behind, Porzingis is confident that the Knicks are in good hands as well.
“I am ready for the challenge,” Porzingis told the Daily News in his first interview since returning to the United States on Saturday. “I’ve been preparing myself for this moment.”
The moment arrives Monday when the post-Carmelo Knicks report to work following yet another chaotic summer for an organization that has captured just one playoff series victory in 17 years. In the weeks and months since Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with team officials in late April, the Knicks made several significant moves directly linked to Porzingis.
In May, the club informed Porzingis’ favorite coach, Josh Longstaff, that his contract would not be renewed. Six weeks later, Phil Jackson, who drafted Porzingis, was fired. And following weeks of speculation and trade talks, Anthony was dealt to Oklahoma City on Saturday just as Porzingis was returning to New York after having spent the entire off-season in Latvia.
There is also the matter of reports, including several from the Daily News that Porzingis’ relationship with Jeff Hornacek is on thin ice. Porzingis, who spoke to The News after he was spotted at a midtown eatery Sunday afternoon, declined to address the circumstances behind blowing off his end of the season meeting with Jackson, Hornacek and Steve Mills. The 22-year-old…Read More