Sport 4 reasons to be irrationally excited about Kristaps Porzingis’s 2017-18 season

00:06  14 september  2017
00:06  14 september  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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I’m all about getting pumped about Kristaps Porzingis ’s 2017 - 18 . We all saw the Latvian unicorn take a step forward last season (18.1 points, nearly two threes, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks per contest), but there are signs he’s about to make another leap this coming season

A cynic might reasonably assert that Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t proven anything yet. by their team though thick and (mostly) thin these past 15 years have earned the right to be irrationally excited . The 2017 - 18 NBA Playoffs have been dominated by a new generation of pivots who can facilitate

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I'm all about getting pumped about Kristaps Porzingis's 2017-18.

We all saw the Latvian unicorn take a step forward last season (18.1 points, nearly two threes, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks per contest), but there are signs he's about to make another leap this coming season (like the headline says, it's probably irrational! But we did this with Joel Embiid last year and look at how that turned out).

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From new super-teams to an exciting rookie class to all these personnel changes across the league, it’s time to take a look at the 30 biggest reasons to be excited about the upcoming 2017 - 18 NBA by Simon Smith. Kristaps Porzingis Calls New York 'Home,' Talks Carmelo Anthony, Knicks.

Kristaps Porzingis ‘ 2017 - 18 season came to an end last week when he tore his ACL after landing awkwardly on a dunk. It was a crushing blow to the New York Knicks, and basketball fans in general

Here are a few:

1. He's bulking up

Just look at these Instagram photos!

A post shared by Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:03am PDT


I stay working

A post shared by Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:01am PDT

I wont be mad if you like all three of my pictures

A post shared by Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:07am PDT


2. He was awesome during EuroBasket 2017

He hit shots from everywhere and was a defensive force. And he got in Anthony Randolph's face during a scuffle. Maybe that means he'll be even more aggressive next year!

3. Phil Jackson is gone

All of that trade talk that had Knicks fans screaming at their televisions, phones and laptops is gone, along with the embattled team president. Yes, Carmelo Anthony and all his drama is still tethered to the Knicks, but that shouldn't concern Porzingis. All he needs to focus on is that next step to superstardom.

Also, he still loves basketball.

4. He's saying all the right things

From NBA.com:

"So far it's been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and win some games and do something big," he said.

"For me, it's now home."

That will help calm Knicks fans a little after the way he was treated this summer. And what does he think of Anthony?

"He's an All-Star, an incredible player and I've learned so much from him," Porzingis said. "There's still so much for me to learn from him. I would love to have him around and keep playing alongside him. But it is what it is. It's a business. If it ends, well … I don't know, it's out of my hands. I'm really thankful for these couple of years I've been with him, just seeing how he works during the summer. It proves he wants to win and he wants to be great. I'm sure he'll make the right decision for himself."

Kristaps Porzingis has put on serious muscle this summer

  Kristaps Porzingis has put on serious muscle this summer Kristaps Porzingis has spent a lot of time in the gym this summer, and the results are noticeable. The New York Knicks youngster has been posting photos and videos on Instagram all summer, which document his workout progress. He is looking cut and muscular, especially around the biceps and triceps areas. Take a look at some of the photos he posted on Instagram Monday.

Apparently Zing is a company that produces a line of nutrient bars, and apparently my large adult son Kristaps Porzingis now endorses them. 18 . Realize that the brain is part of the body. Markelle Fultz, the no. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, has played four games this season due to a mysterious shoulder

CollegeNone. Experience2 years. 2017 - 18 Season . Complete Stats ». Go to. Kristaps Porzingis . Given that he averaged 19.8 PPG (on 48 percent shooting), 7.9 RPG, 2.1 3PPG, and 2.0 BPG in victories last season, the Knicks have every reason to heap even more of the offensive

It's exactly what you want to hear out of him - nothing to stir up trouble, support for Anthony while also saying basketball is "a business," which doesn't get him into hot water with the franchise.

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