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After the Boston Celtics defeated Kristaps Porzingis’ former team, the New York Knicks, on November 13, Porzingis wanted to dispel the “narrative” that he wanted his own team. According to Porzingis, the narrative in question was “falsely spread,” according to Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.
“I never felt like that because today’s league is – different [Nikola] Funny and [Joel] Embiid, it’s a guard league,” Porziņģis said. “It’s mostly guards and small forwards. So I knew that if I wanted to win, I had to play with someone. And it was never a problem for me.”
Porzingis added that although he was more cocky when he was younger, having his own team was never a problem for Porzingis.
“There’s always been this narrative out there that – I think some of you who know me closely – know how I feel. And of course when you’re younger you’re a little more cocky and arrogant. It’s just natural. You become more mature and older and understand things better. I never had a big problem at all.”
Porzingis concluded by saying how comfortable he is in his role with the Celtics.
“To be honest, I still play pretty much the same. There may be some games where I don’t manage as many shots or something like that, but honestly I’m a lot more effective now than when I was shooting 18 shots a game,” Porziņģis said. “That’s why I feel comfortable in this role. And there’s going to be different games and different situations and I’m going to be ready to support these guys or support them and that’s why I’m here.”
Needless to say, Porzingis shouldn’t cause any problems for the Celtics in the 2023-24 season.
Kristaps Porzingis questionable for Sixers game
On November 14th, The Athletic’s Jay King reported via his X account that Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for the Celtics’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers on November 15th.
“Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the 76ers.”
Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the 76ers.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 14, 2023
Although Porzingis was very productive in the Celtics’ ten games of the season, this is a good reminder why he didn’t have to pay a heavy price for it. However, it doesn’t sound like Porzingis would be out for too long if he were to miss the Celtics’ next game.
Jaylen Brown praises relationship with Kristaps Porzingis
On November 13, Jaylen Brown told reporters how much he enjoyed forming a connection with Kristaps Porzingis.
“It was great,” Brown told reporters on NBC Sports Boston’s X account. “We were able to develop some actions on the pitch that were pretty good. In the future they will have to decide whether they want to stop me or him.”
Additionally, Brown highlighted Porzingis’ sense of humor when discussing the relationship built between them.
“Off the court it was a joy,” Brown said. “We live in the same building, so I was able to spend some time driving back from the airport with him or whenever. KP is hilarious. He’s funnier than you all probably think, but he’s a good guy.”
Even though he hasn’t been with the team long, it’s clear that Porzingis is making an impression on his teammates.
Matt John covers the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns for Heavy.com. The Massachusetts native has been covering the NBA since 2018, with stints at FanSided, Basketball News and Basketball Insiders. More about Matt John
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