KP’s ego too big to play with Durant?
Ever since the New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks at the end of January, Knick fans have been trying to figure out what led the front office to unload their best player.
It’s become apparent that Porzingis and his brother/agent Janis didn’t feel loved by the Knicks, but Zach Lowe of ESPN revealed another reason during the The Lowe Post Podcast on Friday. He mentioned that Porzingis didn’t want to play with Kevin Durant.
“I don’t think he was psyched about playing with Durant,” Lowe said, via The Knicks Wall. “I don’t know how directly that was verbalized to the Knicks, but I’m confident that it wasn’t something that was like his Plan A. … He wanted to be the face of the franchise.”
Since the Knicks traded Porzingis it’s become more apparent to me just how big his ego is and I imagine that he didn’t like the possibility of Durant signing with the Knicks because he would no longer be the face of the franchise.
Just look at the four teams that Porzingis wanted to be traded to, the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat. Each one of them, aside from Toronto and Kawhi Leonard, don’t have a big-time star on their roster. The thing about the Raptors though is that Leonard is expected to leave for the Clippers this summer.
It could also be a case where Porzingis is willing to play with other star players like Leonard, but not a guy like Durant that is arguably he best player in the NBA.
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