New York Knicks

“Porzingod” is a movie that will essentially be a shrine to New York Knicks Latvian rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis.

By David Hong

Even though the NBA season just ended for the New York Knicks, their rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis will continue his NY spotlight in the offseason.

On Thursday, the Tribeca Film Festival will show a four-minute comedic short film called Porzingod, featuring Porzingis.

The film will feature a Knicks shrine shaped as Porzingis wearing his Knicks No. 6 jersey, holding a basketball with his left finger, and a unicorn on his left hand. The unicorn was a reference to Kevin Durant‘s complementary remark to Porzingis earlier this season. In other words, he is shaped as a basketball god.

It will star John Leguizamo, who is a frequent guest at Knicks games, as well as Adam Mucci. They will be shown bowing down to the Porzingis shrine and praying to the basketball god to bring the Knicks out of their constant losing ways and be respectable once again.

“Porzingod” was made by brothers Tyler and Conor Byrne, who are both New York City filmmakers in their late 20s. They both grew up as Knicks fans back their good old 90s era, via Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“It’s really for all those long-suffering Knicks fans and an homage to the team’s history. We’ve taken it to the most ridiculous extreme.”

Clearly, this was a clever way to bring some hope to diehard Knicks fans, who have basically gone through a lot of losing from their beloved franchise since the 2000s including another disappointing year this season.

It also shows how much the Knicks future is clearly centered around Porzingis after a stellar rookie season.

With current Knicks star Carmelo Anthony starting to fall out of his prime at age 31, and with his future here uncertain this offseason, Porzingis is the main attraction. It was only fitting that the 7’3” Latvian was used in this film.

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