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NFT: Unhappiness Brewing in Porzingis/Mavs Relationship?

TheOtherManning : 6/7/2021 5:26 pm

New article by Tim McMahon over at ESPN detailing some possible buyer's remorse that the Dallas Mavericks are experiencing with Kristaps Porzingis. For Knicks fans still sore over their playoff shellacking, this is an absolute goldmine of schadenfreude.

A tidbit:

But Porzingis has been frustrated, often feeling more like an afterthought than a co-star as Doncic dominates the ball and the spotlight, sources told ESPN. Porzingis frequently made thinly veiled references during his postgame media availabilities, such as saying the "ball actually moved tonight" after high-scoring performances or stating that the offense didn't involve him on low-scoring nights.

"It's just the plays we were running," Porzingis said after an April 7 loss to the last-place Houston Rockets when asked why he didn't get any shots in the fourth quarter despite scoring 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting in the game. After a pause, he added: "Happened before also."

Big detail that stood out to me  
TheOtherManning : 6/7/2021 5:32 pm : link
Was that Porzingis has returned from the ACL injury a step slower. As a result he's now something of a defensive liability.

Now, maybe he regains some of that lost athleticism with another off-season of training, but does anyone better versed in basketball think he can still be a #1/#2 option without his previous rim protection abilities? Because, in my view, without that he's essentially a really tall 3 ball guy - like Mehmet Okur from those Deron Williams Jazz teams. Good but not great.
the Knicks trading him was one of the best decisions  
UConn4523 : 6/7/2021 5:41 pm : link
they ever made. I realize the return is questionable but when you factor in the cat was out of the bag in regards to their relationship, i'm not sure how much more they could have gotten.

He's an impossible player to root far, IMO.
Dodged a bullet  
PhilSimms15 : 6/7/2021 5:42 pm : link
Imagine where the Knicks would be if they kept KP and gave him the same $158m contract that the Mavs gave him.

It would mean the team would be build around an often injured player who thinks he is way better than he is.

And no Randle. Probably near or capped out. Not as many first round picks either.

I was thrilled when Janis, I mean KP was dealt although I thought at the time that they could have gotten more of a return. But now, this is addition by subtraction. The guy is either hurt or complaining.
bceagle05 : 6/7/2021 5:44 pm : link
He’s not the same player post injury  
Tuckrule : 6/7/2021 5:44 pm : link
He doesn’t look as agile. His lateral agility was limited prior to the acl. Now he’s slow. He’s still a great shooter but he still can’t pull down enough boards and he’s a huge complainer. I can see the mavs dealing him
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 6/7/2021 7:11 pm : link
As Tuckrule noted, he's not the same baller he was once. The more troubling thing is that he THINKS he's the Knicks KP. That's not good; I focused a lot on him yesterday...he was extremely passive & reluctant to get in the fray.
I always thought he was overrated  
giantstock : 6/7/2021 9:34 pm : link
And an excuse-maker. He was never, ever accountable for anything regarding the Knicks. Took no ownership to anything. And he still doesn't.

I don't like Dallas so=- glad they are stuck with him. You can easily google to read how the arrogant Cuban thought he had fleeced the Knicks.

Porzingis was always way too soft.
Mavs took Tim Hard’s ridiculous contract  
Vanzetti : 6/7/2021 10:19 pm : link
So that has to be figured into the equation when talking about what the Knicks got back

If they have TH, they might not sign Morris and then no Quickley

Never Had a Problem With Trading Him  
LTIsTheGreatest : 6/8/2021 9:23 am : link
But should have gotten a much better return for him
Well whatever he does  
ghost718 : 6/8/2021 10:30 am : link
I don't recommend going to the bars and putting on the Drago act.
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