Kristaps Porzingis won't address why he skipped exit meetings with Knicks
Porzingis is expected to head back to Latvia soon after skipping exit meeting with Knicks brass
Less than a week after skipping exit meetings with New York Knicks leadership with the organization's dysfunction, Kristaps Porzingis offered Knicks fans hope. In an interview Wednesday, Porzingis said he loves New York and, despite the recent drama surrounding the franchise, indicated that he'd like to remain with the Knicks.
"Of course, I love New York. I love New York," Porzingis told the New York Post.
Porzingis is expected to head to Latvia for the summer this week Without meeting with Knicks management, particularly team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills. But he's not yet ready to talk about why he's skipping town -- and skipping the exit meetings -- before doing so.
"It's not the right moment to comment on anything [about it]," he told the Post. "I don't want to say anything."
It's not surprising for the budding star to show some frustration following the end of the season. Before the season the Knicks were pegged as a team that might evolve into a playoff contender, but instead they finished 31-51. And off the court might be where the chasm has grown. The drama between Jackson and Carmelo Anthony this season has cast a cloud of doubt about the future of the franchise and the direction it is taking, and it's clear the triangle offense, which is here to stay, hasn't sat well with those forced to run it.
The 21-year-old Porzingis might not return from his vacation until closer to the start of training camp, according to The Vertical. And while it's possible that Porzingis and Jackson could connect before he skips town, Porzingis is said to be in "no rush" to do so.
Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks this season. While the Knicks continue to rebuild, they will almost certainly need their budding 7-foot-3 star to not only be involved, but fully bought into the process.
Right now that doesn't seem to be the case.
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