New York Knicks: One Thing Won Melo Over As It Relates To Kristaps Porzingis

There was one specific thing that won the heart of Carmelo Anthony as it relates to his New York Knicks rookie teammate Kristaps Porzingis. What was it?

As the boos echoed around the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on NBA’s Draft Night last summer, one thing was quite obvious.

New York Knicks‘ fans didn’t like the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall selection.


There were even reports – mainly by Stephen A. Smith of ESPN – that star forward Carmelo Anthony wasn’t too enamored with the choice. Words such as “furious” and “bamboozled” were being thrown out there.

Obviously, since KP has taken the league by storm (as far as a rookie could), the two have grown in concert.

Making the story even better was the fact KP’s hairstyle growing up was actually inspired by Melo and Allen Iverson, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (Tweet Above).

And now, through a story done by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, it’s been revealed their bond started immediately, as early as a day in the summer:

One summer day Anthony and Porzingis worked out together, then sat on the basket stanchion and talked. “Can you show me that move you just did?” Porzingis asked. Anthony was impressed. In the fall Anthony and Porzingis chatted again, and Porzingis told him about the cornrows. “After that I was like, ‘All right, O.K., I’m riding with you from now on,'” Anthony laughs. “The kid has an aura about him.”

The moral of the story is this: Cornrows are for everybody. Remember that kids.

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