Kristaps Porzingis-Carmelo Anthony Duo Showing Signs It Can Thrive Long-Term

December 9th, 2015 by Jared Dubin Leave a reply »

Despite the fact that New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis has exceeded all rational expectations and can only be described as "ahead of schedule," it is important to remember that he is still a 20-year-old rookie barely a quarter of the way through his debut NBA season.

There are times where he'll simply struggle to find his way, as all rookies do—as he did on Wednesday night with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting against the Utah Jazz.

That's why the Knicks are doing everything they can to put him in the best possible position to succeed.

How exactly have they done that? "We didn't try to make him something before he started playing," head coach Derek Fisher said. "We wanted to try to find a role that fits him at the point where he is in his career, rather than putting the entire franchise on his shoulders and saying, 'Go win some games for us.'"

The Knicks have been afforded that luxury largely because of the presence of Carmelo Anthony. He is the one actually counted on to put the franchise on his shoulders and win some games—at least for now while Porzingis is still a ne ...

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