New York Knicks

Many have speculated how New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis would learn the NBA game. How about 1-on-1 against Carmelo Anthony?

By Robby Sabo

At only 19-years of age the transition from Europe to the NBA will most likely be a rocky one for Latvian sensation Kristaps Porzingis. After all, this a seven-footer whose 220 lbs. frame won’t allow banging down low with some of the giants The Association showcases.

Although we’ve already been told by the New York Knicks rookie himself that he’s “excited” to show off his new bulked up body (gaining 11-pounds since the summer league).

Now he’s proclaiming that he’s learned a lot by playing one-on-one games with Carmelo Anthony.

Via Ian Begley of ESPN:

“We were playing one-on-one a lot, and I was just asking him about the moves, about as much as I could and know how he does that, how he does this so I can learn from him,” Porzingis said on Wednesday in Newark, where he was being fitted for a custom mattress big enough for his 7-foot-1 frame.

“It was good for me to see how he carries himself just being around him, he’s never said no to one of my questions so I can keep asking and it’s great for me to keep learning from him,” Porzingis said.

Zinger also weighed in on the whether Melo is elite or not argument.

“He’s elite. No question,” the rookie said.

Let’s just hope Melo is only teaching him isolation moves on how to score in the high and low block. Leave the defense, passing and fundamentals to another guy entirely.

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