Report: Kristaps Porzingis skips Knicks meeting due to drama surrounding team
Team president Phil Jackson spoke to reporters today, revealing his intention to part ways with star forward Carmelo Anthony, coupled with a few jabs at the Knicks centerpiece in efforts to justify what he deemed a “cordial” talk with him earlier this week.
The Knicks have combined for 101 losses in the last two seasons, a performance which has not only bothered the Latvian international, but left him discouraged after the team’s apparent lack of direction.
The 7-foot-3 center has been one of the biggest proponents for his teammate Anthony remaining with the team, considering him not only a friend, but a mentor throughout their two seasons together.
He recently liked Anthony’s Instagram post as a nod of solidarity after Jackson’s unrelenting opinions of his star player.
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Porzingis has been bothered by several injuries this season, but has performed up to expectation, becoming a better shooter from long-range and a much-improved finisher around the basket.
The 21-year-old forward has averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game in a 31-51 season for the Knicks.
After finishing 12th in the East in 2016-17, New York has now been out of the NBA playoffs for the fourth straight season, carrying an 80-166 win-loss record (32.5 winning percentage) since Jackson took over executive duties.