It’s like Knicks fans expect every draft pick to be the golden ticket that turns their franchise into the new dynasty. No sooner had Kristaps Porzingis been drafted he was getting booed and jeered for reasons that only the fans are likely to ever know. Since then he’s been putting up awesome numbers and helping his team out in such a way that he’s been absolutely vital to their continued standing in the NBA. He’s not just doing good, he’s actually helping them stay relevant. And now they believe he’s dispensable? Loyalty just isn’t what it used to be.
If the Knicks and the fans don’t want to keep him then they don’t deserve to see what else he can do. Kristaps can surely find a home in the NBA where he’s valued for what he can do. Here’s five other reasons why the Knicks don’t deserve to keep Kristaps.
5. They judged him before they got to know him.
Like I said the reason fans booed him will likely only be known to the fans throughout history. But because Phil Jackson, the same guy that’s open to trading him, took a chance on Kristaps, people felt the need to vent their frustrations for absolutely no good reason except that they could.
4. His contributions were appreciated so long as the team was winning, but the moment they started doing poorly the focus was back on him again.
Fans are known for being hypocritical but this is kind of ridiculous. Love the guy or hate him, but remain consistent. If you can’t stand your team or a single player when they’re at their worst then you don’t deserve them at their best.
3. The team is in shambles already, so honestly not leaning on a player like him to bring the team back indicates that they don’t know what they’re doing.
The big 3, namely Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler have been a bust lately, so you would think that Kristaps would be a blessing for the organization right now. Somehow though Jackson and everyone else are missing out on just why they should be treating him with a great deal more respect.
2. Trading Carmelo Anthony instead would make a lot more sense, but it won’t happen.
Carmelo has too big of a price tag attached to him, so chances are that he’ll be staying even though his game has been shot as of late. Kristaps will be the one to move on simply because he’s deemed to be more expendable no matter that he’s been doing so much more than any other player on the team.
1. Kristaps needs to look for a home in the NBA where they’ll actually value his talents.
The Knicks are nowhere near to being a championship-caliber team. The amount of retooling they’re going to need to do will take years, and it would most definitely rob Kristaps of his youth before they start making the playoffs again. It’s time for him to consider another home where he can possibly be given the value he’s worth.
If a player isn’t being seen as an asset then it’s time to head down the road and find someone worth playing for. Right now, the Knicks don’t even deserve the memory of Kristaps Porzingis