Dismayed by team president Phil Jackson’s open criticism of Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony at his end of season press conference, Kristaps Porzinigis skipped his own exit interview with the Zen Master. Porzinigis’ frustration is simply not a good look for the Knicks, who are mired in dysfunction and if their young star is unhappy, that could possibly mean he may be looking for a change of scenery where he would be much happier. But according to Porzingis, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Talking with Marc Berman of the New York Post, Porzingis made it quite clear that he wants to keep playing with the Knicks. Porzingis does however, want Jackson and the Knicks to have a clear direction.
“Of course,” Porzingis told The Post at his luxury apartment complex in Manhattan, when asked if he wants to be a Knick next year. “I love New York. I love New York.”
“No one’s comfortable with losing,” Porzingis said that day. “If it means going in the right direction and doing the right thing, let’s do that. But just having no idea the direction, then it’s not going to work out. The direction has to be clear what we want to do.”
Since he just finished his second season, Porzingis is being rather bold here. But Porzinigis is the future of the team, so if Jackson and the Knicks are committed to building around him, they need to keep him happy and make sure he is on the same page as them.
This is likely just something Porzingis and Jackson will have to work on throughout the summer and heading into next season. Otherwise, Porzinigis may become even more vocal about his dissatisfaction with the Knicks. A hypothetical, the Knicks don’t want to be dealing with.