I admit i was disheartened when we drafted him. Simply because I had no idea who he was. I also was fresh off watching Jahlil shake on dudes in the NCAA tournament. So when he Lakers took D, I was thinking Sam Hinkie would actually do something to better his organization, and draft Mudiay, since they have Noel, Embiid etc.
I was sick, but then I heard his interview they gave him right after, was surprised he spoke English well. No translator needed. Then that guy Fran told us to calm down and this was the gamble of the draft. THen later on that night we traded Timmy for Grant. I knew of Grant because of some Notre Dame highlights. So I was ecstatic that we took a gamble on the possibility of a God, and also addressed our guard situation. I felt that Grant was a solid pickup, especially for DumbHardawayJR.
Then I saw the grantland shorts on Porzingis and came to the conclusion this kid has some good character qualities I especially enjoy the fact that their famiily is 100% about basketball. You KNOW they rip into him EVERY GAME, regardless of how well he does. I think it's great that he's basically a young man from a foreign country, came to New York, found a job as a Knick, "supports" his family, while they hold down the fort. Almost a classic New York tale. He has plenty of time to mature as a person, and thankfully he's surrounded by family who want him to focus.
Now my favorite nickname for a NY athlete of all time is "Mo" for Mariano. I Think that's so new york to call him Mo
Like we can't pronounce your name so you're gonna be Mo.
I wish the nickname Krispy was an option.
But who cares. Also, reviewing the grantland shorts, when his name is called, he lets out this unshakeable smile, like he really was praying he could come here. If you want to play here, you're welcome on the team.