Report: Coaches, team officials did not like Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez communicating in Spanish
The New York Knicks haven’t had a particularly good last 12 hours.
The very next day, center Willy Hernangomez was traded to the Charlotte Hornets. The Knicks picked Hernangomez 35th in the 2015 NBA Draft, but has fallen out of favor in New York’s rotation as the season has gone on.
As if that weren’t enough, Porzingis and Hernangomez were best friends on the team, and even spoke to each other in a foreign language. But there were those in the organization who did not care for their that aspect of their relationship, per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Within 12 hours, Kristaps lost his season and had a friend traded. Strange but true: some coaches & team officials didn't like that Willy and KP would regularly communicate by speaking Spanish. No bueno. https://t.co/K29OUoIoe8
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 7, 2018
For all the negative things that have been said about the Knicks organization over the years, this one has a particularly bad stink to it. Could this have been the main reason Hernangomez was traded? It’d be great if it wasn’t, but with the Knicks, no one ever really knows.
The timing of this news is awful. Porzingis just got hurt, much to the devastation of not only the NBA world but also the entire Knicks fanbase. And with Hernangomez being traded, the dynamics of the pair’s relationship is going to make at least some kind of news.
Teammates having special bonds — like the one Porzingis and Hernangomez have with language — should be celebrated by an organization. It seems as if the Knicks were threatened by it in some way, which is all kinds of unfortunate.