New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis believes he’s not receiving proper treatment from the officials when defenders foul him while shooting without a call on the court.
NBA referees have a tough job. When they make a bad call or don’t call a foul when one should have been called, they hear from the fans, players and coaches, which brings us to the local scene.
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis isn’t happy that he’s not getting the foul calls that he thinks he should be getting.
The foul calls that Porzingis believes he should be getting are touch fouls to the arm when he is shooting. Teams are defending Porzingis more physically and players are apparently touching his arm when he goes to shoot. This contact to the arm is supposedly messing with his game and he is mad that he’s not getting the calls he thinks he should be getting.
“It makes me super mad that those little touches on the elbow and arm, I know they’re small, but it affects my shot so much,” he told Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
“I’m confused. I’m thinking about should I change my game because I shoot those shots so many times over guys. It just makes me mad that I’m not able to get those calls. I have to play through that. Maybe I’ll get them as we go forward.”
The Knicks star added that he’s spoken to refs before games about it.
“They know what’s going on,” he said. They know those are the type of things they have to look at. Maybe it’s too hard to see. Maybe I’m too high up, I’m too long, I don’t know.”
Porzingis is averaging a career-high 24.3 points per game. However, he is shooting just 34 percent (33-for-98) over five games since returning from a knee injury. His free throw attempts have gone down to 4.7 per game this month, a down from seven per game over the last two months. Porzingis is 12th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game at 6.17. If he had received some foul calls, he would be higher on that list.
We’ll have to wait and see if Porzingis gets those foul calls that he wants in the future.