New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis was recently named the Latvian Athlete of the Year.
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis was named the Latvian Athlete of the Year at the annual Latvijas Gada Balva Sporta in his native Latvia on Thursday.
Prozingis’s grandma, Antonija Trumsina, great-aunt Ilga Lemaine and aunts Ilga Pavare and Ilze Berzina accepted the award on Porzingis’s half according to Kyle Schnitzer of the New York Post. The star wasn’t in Latvia to accept the award since he was helping the Knicks beat the Orlando Magic.
The Knicks sensation said on Friday that his grandma is part of a singing troupe. After the grandma and aunts accepted the award they sang an ode to Porzingis. The song wishes him good health and fame and proposes, “All those jealous sights should stay away from you.”
Here are the lyrics to the song.
What we would like to wish our Porzingis tonight, tonight
Wish you good health and all of the work gets easily done
All those jealous sights should stay away from you
All the glory and fame for Kristaps while living in America
God give Kristaps opportunity to stay at such a high level for a long, long time
Porzingis watched the tribute to him on video.
“My grandma with my relatives came out and sang,” he said. We wanted that for our grandma, to come out. She loved the idea and made it happen. I think the people loved it too in the audience. I’m happy it worked out well.”
This isn’t the first time that a song has been made about the Knicks star. Last year a Latvian rap duo did a song in his name and it was featured in an ESPN commercial.
ESPN just dropped a commercial for Nets-Knicks with the "Kristaps Porzingis" Latvian rap song pic.twitter.com/tvDwULaWcf
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) December 2, 2015
Porzingis, who left Thursday night’s game early with a knee contusion, is averaging 19.9 points and 7.6 rebounds this season.