If you haven’t done so already, it may be time to start paying closer attention to what the Knicks have been doing so far this season. Granted, their record is still only 6-6, so it’s not exactly like they’re title contenders ready to take over the East. But after last season’s debacle when they lost 65 games en route to the second-worst record in the NBA, any kind of noticeable progress is a refreshing change for Knicks fans.
One of the main reasons for the team’s improved play so far this season has the addition of Kristaps Porzingis, the 7’3 rookie big man from Latvia. Through 12 games, the 20-year-old is averaging 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game – while putting on the occasional show with some highlight-reel put-back dunks – and is even being hyped as “the most exciting player to ever come out of Europe.”
Spike Lee has certainly taken notice. On Thursday, the Knicks’ No. 1 fan went on The Tonight Show and shared his excitement with Jimmy Fallon about the young rookie. “The kid can play,” said Lee. “And you know what else? He’s not scared of the brothers, either.”
That’s an important quality, apparently. Hopefully, Lee pre-ordered a Porzingis jersey, because if not, he may have run into problems with availability like the rest of us.