Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t want the New York Knicks’ front office to tank for the remainder of the season.
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis made it clear on Monday that he doesn’t want the front office to trade away any players that can help them get to the playoffs this season. If anything, he wants them to add some players.
“Playoff experience for myself, individually, would be huge at this point in my career — the sooner, the better,” Porzingis said Monday, via Ian Begley of ESPN. “And for most of the [Knicks] — most of the guys haven’t felt that playoff experience that everybody talks about — that the guys talk about that have been there. For myself, selfishly I would want to play in the playoffs but we’ll see what happens and how we can end the season.”
While Porzingis hasn’t spoken with Knicks’ management about his thoughts on going for the playoffs this season, he believes they know how he feels.
“I think they know I want to be in the playoffs and that’s the only thing on my mind. I’m not going to go in there and be like no, we’re tanking. There’s no reason to play,” Porzingis said with a laugh. “[Making the playoffs is] only thing I’m focused on. What I need to do on the court to play better, make my team win.”
Here’s a video of Porzingis’ interview from Monday.
Kristaps Porzingis on why it’s important for he and his teammates to make the playoffs and why tanking can't be part of a player's mindset: pic.twitter.com/ggRvSTS9pC
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 30, 2018
The Knicks need to add a veteran that can help them. The best way to do that is to trade a player like center Kyle O’Quinn, give the fact that the Knicks are loaded with centers.
The last thing Porzingis wants to think about is tanking right now. The Knicks need to go out and make some moves that show support for him.