Anthony told reporters that Porzingis, the No. 4 pick in June's draft, is “down-to-earth” and “humble,” then commented on the rookie's drive.
“You can tell he has a chip on his shoulder, and I love that,” said Anthony. “You've gotta have that in the NBA. That was the first thing I saw when I saw him working out. He's a tough guy.”
After the Knicks drafted Porzingis, reports surfaced that Anthony was unhappy with the team's draft decisions. Anthony later responded by calling Porzingis a “steal” on Instagram, and on Tuesday he denied the draft night rumors, saying “I didn't say none of that s---.”
New York's selection of the Latvian big man was met with a mixed reaction, including disappointment from some Knicks fans. Many scouts believe Porzingis might need two or three years of developing before he becomes a regular contributor for New York.