Tim Hardaway Sr. compares Kristaps Porzingis’ situation with Knicks to Kawhi Leonard with Spurs
Count former NBA player and the father of Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., Tim Hardaway Sr., as someone who didn’t understand what happened between Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks.
Porzingis reportedly had a meeting with Knicks near the end of January, and then a few hours later, reports came out about him being traded to the Mavs.
KP apparently told the team he wanted out of The Big Apple.
Hardaway Sr. says the whole Porzingis-Knicks situation was “funky” and compared it to what happened with Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs.
Leonard requested a trade from the Spurs last summer and was sent to the Toronto Raptors.
“I don’t understand that (Porzingis) situation,’’ Hardaway told Marc Berman of The New York Post. “I don’t know what happened in the (Porzingis) meeting in there. The whole thing was just funky. It was something there that the vibe wasn’t cool. Sometimes that’s the way it is.
“Look at Kawhi Leonard. He was in the best situation in San Antonio. Everyone thought he was in the best situation in San Antonio and then something happens and the vibe changed.’’
New York traded Kristaps Porzingis, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to the Mavs for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., a 2021 first round pick and a 2023 first round pick.
The Knicks will take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.