The New York Knicks should be serious about re-signing Kristaps Porzingis in the offseason. That means making things right, once and for all.
For someone who hasn’t played this year, Kristaps Porzingis finds a way to stay in the headlines.
The New York Knicks’ star big man is still recovering from ACL surgery and will be a restricted free agent this summer. The Knicks can match any offer he receives, sure, but what if that hurts both sides? Who’s to say Porzingis won’t just take the money and mozy along?
The larger issue is the Knicks and Porzingis clearly haven’t been on the same page at times, and simple communication can solve any problems. If New York is serious about keeping the 7-foot-3 Latvian, management will start mending the fence with KP now.
The Phil Jackson Fiasco
From a fan’s perspective, it’s hard to not feel at least a little bad for Porzingis. David Fizdale marks his fourth head coach since he was drafted in 2015. That’s four head coaches in four years, each having different coaching philosophies. Derek Fisher incorporated the triangle offense with some isolation. Kurt Rambis was a strict triangle advocate. Jeff Hornacek focused on a fast-pace and smooth transition game, while Fizdale’s balanced attack clearly leaves a positive impact on the roster.
But let’s go back to the triangle offense. The team ran it or some incarnation of such at the direction of the former president of basketball operations Phil Jackson. He drafted Porzingis expecting him to play a key role in the triangle offense, but the rest of the NBA had other ideas. Jackson’s system just didn’t have a place in today’s fast-paced game, and the Knicks’ record under his watch shows it. New York hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013 and struggles despite playing in the league’s largest media market.