Kristaps Porzingis was supposed to be meeting with Phil Jackson last Thursday, but he opted for a plane ride home to his native country Latvia instead. Blowing off a proposed meeting and leaving an NBA executive sitting at a table all alone is cold-blooded.
Throw a pair of dark sunglasses on Porzingis and cue the words ‘Thug Life.’
Granted, it’s not right for a player to skip out on meetings, but it’s easy to see the frustration setting for a rising superstar player like Porzingis. The New York Knicks are absolute mess right now, and with All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony likely on his way out, it’ll be Porzingis’ mess to inherit next season.
According to the New York Post, the 21-year-old international star isn’t happy with the way the direction the team is headed. The Knicks haven’t won more than 32 games in a season since Jackson was hired as the president of basketball operations, and there has been publicized drama with his name attached to it too many times for comfort. It’s a dire situation for the Knicks right now.
That still doesn’t give Porzingis the right to blow off a scheduled meeting though, per an individual familiar with Jackson’s reaction after the incident.
“It wasn’t right,” said the source. “But Phil went through this with Kobe [Bryant] and Andrew [Bynum], when they were still young but started to sprout their opinions and rebelled. It worked for Kobe. Hopefully this will make Kristaps better in the long run.”
And now we wait for Jackson’s tweet, telling us how this source ‘almost rings the bell’.
Porzingis should always show up to meetings regardless of personal feelings. We all get that part. The problem with this situation, however, is the need for some other source to come out of nowhere and randomly compare a present situation to past incidents. Jackson followed up at a press conference on Friday by reminding the public that no player on the roster is safe, including Porzingis.
It’s too bad for Knicks fans that Jackson is safe for at least two more years. Porzingis is beginning to express himself out of frustration for the situation. It isn’t like everything was all gravy and he suddenly decided to ditch a meeting for some Netflix and chill.
He’s headed to home to play basketball in the European Championships and leaving that mess of an NBA team in the rearview, for now.