New York Knicks president Phil Jackson compared Kristaps Porzingis to Shawn Bradley, prompting Porzingis to deny the comparison on Wednesday.
In an interview for a series of articles by ESPN.com, Jackson recounted his mind-set leading up to June’s NBA draft. The Knicks drafted Porzingis, a 7-footer from Latvia, with the No. 4 pick.
Porzingis reportedly added 11 pounds over the off-season, and he responded to the comparison to Bradley—the No. 2 pick in the 1993 draft and 1997 NBA blocks leader who played 12 NBA seasons—at a sponsorship event on Wednesday.
Yeah I saw it. I don’t know what to say? I guess that’s what Phil does, gets us to work hard and fired up. That fired me up. I’m like, ‘I’m not Shawn Bradley, you know?” Porzingis said, responding to a recent interview on ESPN.com where Jackson wondered if the Latvian was “too tall for the NBA” like the awkward 7-6 Bradley. “I want to be better than Shawn Bradley obviously and be stronger than him,” Porzingis added, “but I’m a different player.”
“I will do the best I can to turn those boos into clap”
The Knicks wanted Okafor when Lakers decided to pick Russell but the Sixers didn’t want let Okafor pass by, special knowing that Okafor is going to their Rival. I am still 50/50 on this because I believe that Kristaps can be an all star in this league. But we all know there is a big “if”. With that said a lot of people is in disbelief that Phil Jackson took this route. Is this somewhat 76ers like? “Trust the process” for New Yorkers “trust Phil Jackson”? We will soon find out if the Zen Master is right again.
Here is a brief interview of Kris after he was introduced to the public media.
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