Madison Square Garden and the Knicks represent a unique market in the NBA, where passion and pressure go hand in hand. Kristaps Porzingis He understood this quickly, he who was booed by the “Big Apple” public in his 2015 Draft before finally overturning opinion with his singular style, to the point of becoming the darling of MSG.
While he found the Knicks last night under the Wizards’ mantle and struggled a bit (21 points on 6/19 shooting), KP bounced back in this memorable experience.
“That was the intention. This is the biggest stage you can play on. You walk away from the love that everyone gives you on the contrary as soon as you go to the other side. I won’t lie, I miss it… But it’s the truth. That got me thinking, about the fact that it won’t last forever, and I have to make the player realize that I don’t have it.he said on the sidelines of the meeting. “What am I missing? Just playing at the Garden, getting love and support from the fans. I appreciate every time a fan asks for a photo or autograph. I enjoyed those moments more when I was injured.”
The story between the New York public and Kristaps Porzingis turned sour quickly. Between love and hate, the line is thin and the divorce was severed in January 2019, when the New York leaders sent him to Dallas still injured inside, victim of a torn ligament in the knee.
Even though KP denied that he gave an ultimatum to his leaders, his every comeback was accompanied by his dose of whistles from the public who appreciated him so much, and the player still had a pain in his heart today night the idea of crossing paths with the Knicks again.
“Can I go back and do things differently? Sure. As for me, I was injured. If I had just kept playing, it would have been different. I was young, and I listened to what people told me about on what I should do with my career. I still don’t know a lot. That’s how it was. I can only say good things about the organization because I enjoyed playing there, in New York, and playing in front of the fans that.”he added. “It wasn’t perfect on either side, but Phil Jackson was in charge at the time, and I can only thank him, for having the courage to pick me with the 4th pick, and for giving me the opportunity to play. in New York.
Torn between regret and nostalgia, Kristaps Porzingis remembers the good times spent in a Knicks jersey with fondness, even if he can’t rest forever on his past exploits.
“This is a dream come true. At the time, I didn’t realize that it wasn’t like that everywhere. New York is a unique place. Madison Square Garden is the most unique place I’ve ever played. But at that time, I thought that was the case with all teams. In the Garden I have the most fun playing.”he continued. “If I hadn’t been injured in New York, you don’t know what could have happened. But I can’t continue with this feeling of regret. I have to keep moving forward. I’m really happy here in Washington right now. I focus on the present and what awaits me”.
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