No one will deny that Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is a confident guy, but his swagger may have just reached new heights. After speaking with Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, it’s clear that he has no respect for the Big Apple’s other basketball team:
Porzingis: "Sometimes I see somebody with a Brooklyn hat on, I say, ‘What is that? You need a Knicks hat.’"— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) December 3, 2015
This comes the day before the Knicks are scheduled to square off against the Nets, in the first battle between the two teams since Porzingis crossed the pond. He continued to trash talk New York’s second team, saying that he barely knew who the Nets were while growing up in Europe.
“Everyone knows the Knicks, but not really the Nets,” he said. “I remember more the New Jersey Nets than the Brooklyn Nets growing up.”
His condescension may have some ground to stand on, as the two franchises are trending in opposite directions. Porzingis promises to be an important piece of a steadily improving Knicks team for years to come, while the Nets are old, boring and don't have a first round pick until 2017. Regardless, I can’t imagine how terrifying it might be for someone if a 7’3” Kristaps Porzingis comes up to them on the street and tells them to remove their hat.
Jay-Z, we’re still waiting for a response.
- Jeremy Layton