When the Knicks traded Porzingis to Dallas a couple of years ago, we all thought Dallas had the next great duo. Pairing him with rising phenom Luka Doncic seemed like a perfect fit. Two Europeans with unique skill sets. Both under the age of 25-years-old.
After losing game 7 to the Clippers, Porzingis is reportedly frustrated with the Mavs for being looked at as an afterthought to Luka. Here's a quote from Tim MacMahon who wrote the story.
"But Porzingis has been frustrated, often feeling more like an afterthought than a co-star as Doncic dominates the ball and the spotlight, sources told ESPN. Porzingis frequently made thinly veiled references during his postgame media availabilities, such as saying the "ball actually moved tonight" after high-scoring performances or stating that the offense didn't involve him on low-scoring nights."- Tim MacMahon, ESPN
So it seems like all Kristaps wants is to be a star and dominate the headlines. Well, it's hard to be a star in the NBA when you're putting up numbers like these in the playoffs.
He was once nicknamed the Unicorn by Kevin Durant for his unique skill set for a player that's 7'3". He went from being the next great NBA player to a 7 footer that just sits in the corner for a catch and shoot. Hard to be a co-star to Luka Doncic when you're averaging 13-5-1 in the playoffs. It's also hard to be a star in the league when you spend a lot of time on the bench wearing an overpriced suit.
Mark Cuban has described Luka and Porzingis' relationship as distant. They don't need to be best friends, but it would be nice for your franchise cornerstone pieces to have some type of relationship. Instead, Luka has become best friends with a different Eastern European on the team.
Cuban did say Jason Terry and Dirk didn't get along in the beginning, and we all know how that ended up. So I won't say that the Luka/ KP marriage isn't going to work. Still a little concerning to hear from the owner about his two franchise players.
It's still too early to tell, but did the Knicks win this trade? Or did the Mavs still win because Tim Hardaway Jr. looked like his dad in the playoffs. We'll see how the Knicks pan out with their cap space and draft picks. It still makes me laugh the Knicks traded Porzingis for cap space and a few firsts.
The bottom line is Kristaps is jealous of Luka. To be honest, can you blame him? Luka is a top-five player in the league at 22-years-old (allegedly). Porzingis just flat out isn't on Luka's level.
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