Tuesday January 12th, 2016

The people of Liepāja, Latvia, are very proud of Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis. 

Porzingis is a native of the coastal city and has exceeded most NBA fans’ expectations through his first 39 games. So when visitors arrive in Liepāja, they’ll be greeted by a pair of billboards with a message from Porzingis.

“Welcome to my town,” the signs proclaim.

The crying Knicks fan from draft night met Kristaps Porzingis

The tweet from Liepāja’s city council includes the #NBAvote hashtag in an attempt to send Porzingis to the All-Star Game, which may seem like a longshot until you remember Latvian fans stuffed the ballot box to send Zemgus Girgensons to the NHL All-Star Game last year. 

- Dan Gartland

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