The New York Knicks rocked the boat with their ever impatient fan base last Thursday by taking a foreign player that most New Yorkers have never heard of. 19-year old Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis heard his name called as the 4th player selected in the NBA draft, then was immediately showered with boo’s from the New York crowd.
The newest member of the New York Knicks has flashed potential that had ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford proclaiming him as the second best player in the draft. Phil Jackson recognized that it would take a couple years for him to be ready, which was definitely not what Knick fans were hoping to hear. So goes the issue with the New York Knicks. The organization feels so much pressure from the rabid fan base that is New York sports fans to win right away that it often does not give its teams or players the chance to develop. For the first time in a long time, the New York Knicks made a move that enhanced their future over the present, and the fan base went crazy.
While media and fans alike seem to disagree with the pick, I thought it was the correct choice. At pick 4, there wasn’t much available, and Porzingis, if he pans out (which is a huge IF) will be the best player in the draft. Here’s hoping Knick fans can give the kid a chance to grow.