Knicks: Win-Now Mentality Is Good For Kristaps Porzingis

Feb 20, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 20, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Keeping ‘Melo In Town

One of the most understated realities of the NBA is that Carmelo Anthony has become the primary mentor to Kristaps Porzingis. Anthony has consistently embraced the need to help the next face of the franchise enter that role.

Anthony has become a big brother to Porzingis, so much so that KP6 publicly pleaded with Anthony to remain in New York—twice.

Anthony has coached Porzingis up on how to approach the offseason. He’s invited Porzingis to his home, played him privately in a one-on-one setting, and accepted his responsibility as a leader.

Anthony has even stepped up to physically defend Porzingis against NBA veterans who attempted to bully the rookie.

A big brother, indeed.

Not only is Anthony having a positive influence on Porzingis, but he can still help the New York Knicks contend. He’s an outstanding scorer who has become a legitimate all-around player—a sign of his being able to lead by example.

Both on the court and off of it, the win-now mentality has convinced Anthony to remain in New York—and that’s wonderful news for Porzingis.

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