Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis captivated the city of New York last season and gave their fans a glimmer of hope for the future. However, team president Phil Jackson did not want to wait for the future and build a possible playoff contender this offseason.
The Zen Master started the win-now mentality by appointing Jeff Hornacek as head coach and acquiring former MVP Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. He then proceeded to build the team by bringing players such as Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings to help Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony make the playoffs next season.
According to Maxwell Ogden of Daily Knicks, the new winning mentality of the Knicks will be very helpful to the development of Kristaps Porzingis. He pointed out that Joakim Noah is a vital part since he can teach the 21-year-old forward about leadership and defense.
Ogden also noted that having a winning culture is better for Porzingis’ career rather than being in a rebuilding team. Playing for a playoff contender will elevate a young player’s performance opposite to scoring 30 points while they are down by 30.
The Knicks is still Carmelo Anthony’s team but The Zinger will close the gap if he develops properly. Even if the Knicks does not win the NBA title next season, which they won’t, Porzingis playing at a high level can make New York a free agent destination once again.
For Kristaps Porzingis, his main goal for playing with the New York Knicks is to win an NBA championship. He revealed it in an interview with Eurohoops.net wherein he also talked about making the playoffs this season.
“The No. 1 goal is to win a championship one day. That’s all we have in our heads. But we’ve got to go step by step. We’re not going to win a championship in one day. So we’ve got to start building. We’ve got to first make it to the playoffs,” Porzingis said.
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