New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is reportedly frustrated with the recent drama surrounding the team. The Carmelo Anthony drama escalated to a new level recently after team president Phil Jackson opened up and said the Knicks might be better without Melo. But Kristaps might not be the only one.
Porzingis missed his season-ending team meeting and he will head to his native country of Latvia on a ‘long trip’. He’s avoiding the drama but others on the team are pretty much stuck and KP’s teammates are also apparently openly upset as well.
Following from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Porzingis passed on the exit interviews, as ESPN’s Ian Begley first reported, and league sources say Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp.
Porzingis isn’t alone. Players are privately fuming that they want no part of the organization’s summer slate of triangle offense regimen at the team’s suburban New York practice facility, league sources told The Vertical. In reality, there’s an open rebellion to the triangle – for the offense itself, and by extension, the discord and dysfunction that its implementation has burdened upon everyone.
Beyond moving Anthony out of town, Jackson sees the resolution of the franchise’s issues through the prism of an offense the coaches don’t want to teach and that the players don’t want to run.
“To Phil, the culture is the triangle,” a league source involved in the dynamic told The Vertical.
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