For the first time in his young NBA career Kristaps Porzingis found himself on the wrong end of a highlight. Hie response, however, is quite refreshing.
Late in Sunday night’s game against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden, Rockets center Dwight Howard threw an alley-oop dunk over Porzingis’s head and drew the foul as well. That was one of the many tough moments for the Knicks, who blew a 14 point fourth quarter lead on their way to a tough overtime loss (116-111).
Usually players get embarrassed and don’t want to talk about getting posterized.
This is what he actually he said afterwards, via Ian Begley of ESPN New York:
“He dunked on me; he got me. I was asking (my teammates), ‘When is the next game against Houston? I want to get him back,” Porzingis said grinning. “You know, it happens. He’s a great player. I’m looking forward to playing next time against him.”
Unfortunately the Knicks are done playing the Rockets this year, but Porzingis’s reaction to that reminded us once again why we love and have such high hopes for him. Along with his body just oozing with talent, his tough attitude makes him even more lovable.
Instead of hiding from it, Porzingis has used his embarrassing moment to add more fuel to himself and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
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