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Rookie Diary, Volume 6: Kristaps Porzingis

VIDEO: Porzingis shows kids some of the finer points

Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks and Myles Turner of the Pacers will alternate on a weekly diary for covering life as a rookie, from challenges and success on the court to adjusting to their new world off. This week: Porzingis discusses the transition from playing in Spain with fewer games and much more practice time to the NBA with several games a week and occasional struggles to find chances to practice.

We would almost scrimmage every day in Europe. That’s how it is. And then you play once a week, on the weekends, usually on Sundays. It’s way different over here. You don’t have as much time to work on your game individually and you don’t have as much time to practice. The good thing is that you have a chance to play every other day and that helps a lot to get better. But you don’t have that much time to spend working on your individual skills.

At first, I wanted to do so much work that I would just tire myself so much that I got worn out. Now the Knicks have started to control me more and they don’t want me to practice that much. That was the thing at first. I wasted a lot of energy trying to do a lot of work and not really being smart about and not knowing what the schedule is like. Now I think I’ve gotten used to it.

Before, I would come in early, work out, then have the team practice, and then try to shoot after practice as well. There were moments some days I was just really tired. It got to me. But the team helped me out. They’re taking care of me and making sure I get enough rest. They wouldn’t say anything to me at first, but they saw that some days I was just so tired. They had to control it, what I’m doing and how much I’m shooting. Now it’s a little more controlled.

It’s a challenge to find time to get extra work without wearing yourself out. Especially when you come in in your first year and you know you’ve got to work on your game and you want to become a better player every day. For me, it’s almost anxiety that you want to work, you want to get better, you want to prove something every day. But you’ve got to be smart because the season is long, a lot of games, and you don’t want to wear yourself out before the season’s over.

I would do the work before and after the regular practice but I also like to go on those days when you don’t have a practice and get to the gym, be by myself, set up the shooting machine and just shoot and be by myself. I’ve said this in interviews before, that’s like a church to me. I go the gym and there’s no one there, you can just be working on your skills by yourself.

Usually the team is not too happy if I go too late so I try to go at normal times. Sometimes a little late – 8, 9 p.m. – but not usually later than that. I’ve tried to be there later, but the key doesn’t work. I think it stops working at 11. They want us to get rest obviously. They want us to be smart about getting rest.

I’ve talked to the assistant coaches and they’ve been telling me that they’ve seen a lot of growth in my game from the beginning of the season. I don’t see that much. I think I’ve gotten better at reading the game and what is coming. They’re seeing a lot of improvement, but I only see the weaknesses. I only see what I need to work on. I don’t really focus on what I’m doing well. The way I view things is different.

I just know there are a lot of things I see that I need to work on during the offseason. I want to keep working on my post game. I have some post moves. But I want to be the guy who you can give the ball to and know that I can score or at least draw a foul. Obviously I want to get stronger. This will be a big offseason for me to work on my strength, my mobility. I want to be a guy who can switch on guards and play defense on small guards on the perimeter. There are a lot of things I need to work on. There’s nothing I do perfect, so there’s a lot of work to do.

Rookie Diary, Volume 5: Kristaps Porzingis

VIDEO: Porzingis, Towns bask in first All-Star experience

Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks and Myles Turner of the Pacers will alternate on a weekly diary for covering life as a rookie, from challenges and success on the court to adjusting to their new world off. This week: Porzingis discusses his first All-Star Weekend, in Toronto as a member of the World team, coached by Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, against the United States squad in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.

The whole weekend was a lot of fun, even the day, Thursday, with a lot of media, a lot of interviews, a lot of pictures and stuff. I got to meet a lot of the rookies again and connect with all the internationals again, so it was a fun day. And then obviously the thing I was most excited for was the game.

I met coach Messina. He’s really big from coaching in Europe. To be on his team, that was great to learn from him a little bit and just to get a feel what type of coach he is. Just to be with the internationals, on the same team. It sucked that we didn’t get the win. That wasn’t fun. But the event was fun and I had a good time.

It was very organized obviously. But being with the Knicks is organized. Everything there was just perfect. There was a lot of security everywhere and making sure we were on time everywhere and doing the right thing. It was really a nice event, very well organized. I hope to come back next year.

I obviously want to be in the main game, the Sunday game, some day as well if that’s possible. My big dream is to be in the All-Star game. But I don’t want to look too far ahead. I just focus on this year first and then we can go day by day. If I keep growing as a player I think I will have an opportunity to be there one day.

That was my first time meeting coach Messina. All the Europeans kind of have an idea of what kind of coach he is. He’s not a typical NBA coach. He’s an elite coach that screams a lot. He’s that type of coach. I knew kind of what to expect, although obviously he knew what kind of game it was so he wasn’t really yelling at us or anything. But you can feel – I’m not sure how to say it – his presence and that he wants you to succeed and he wants 100 percent from you. He’s that type of coach. You never want to really mess around too much with him. He’s a very disciplined coach.

I think the biggest surprise for me was how well organized everything was and how they manage your time so you can be everywhere on time and at the same time you can relax a little bit and have that time with your family. Maybe not that I was surprised by it, but I was content about it went the whole weekend.

I think being there in my first year with my family there in Toronto and sharing that moment with them will be my best memory. We just hung out a lot. They were at the game. We went for lunch. We were hanging out whenever I had time off.

I arrived Thursday afternoon and left Saturday morning and went to the Bahamas for a quick vacation. But it wasn’t what I expected exactly because there was a lot of people from New York there. I couldn’t really hide because of my height. All day, basically, I was talking with the fans and taking pictures. I didn’t have the chance to relax.

But I was rested physically for sure when I went back to the Knicks. Maybe not as much mentally. But this break was really good for me and I think for the whole team as well, just to come back fresh. I definitely feel that I got some rest.

Knicks’ Iman Shumpert: Emmy Winner

By Nick Margiasso IV

VIDEO: Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert wins an Emmy Award

All NBA fans are by now familiar with Knicks guard Iman Shumpert.

He of the flat-top haircut. He of the clock hat. He who makes sing-song fun of Carmelo Anthony. Well, now you can add another descriptor, albeit a bit of a surprise one — Emmy Award winner.

That’s right, on a pre-recorded clip aired during New York’s preseason win over the Wizards on Wednesday, MSG broadcaster Al Trautwig presented the vaunted golden trophy to the talent they call “Shump” for his role behind the scenes and as the star of the network’s show “Beginnings.”

Just think, if New York re-signs The Panda’s Friend (The Artist Formerly Known As Metta World Peace And Ron Artest), they could grab a little hardware for some type of nature show, too. Stay tuned.

Baron Davis: Friends In High Places

By Nick Margiasso IV

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, we saw Baron Davis head for the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles on his comeback trail only to get blinded by the lights of reality.

In the latest edition of the ongoing saga on his comeback attempt to the NBA, Baron’s latest taste of being back in the big time comes from friends (and foes) Spike Lee and Reggie Miller

VIDEO: Baron Davis hits N.Y. on comeback trail

Carmelo’s 62: Players React On Twitter

By Nick Margiasso IV

Carmelo Anthony may have scored 62 on Friday night — breaking his own, the Knicks’ franchise and the Madison Square Garden points records in the process — but he also did something else. He broke the Internet … especially Twitter.

As always, folks reacted with all kinds of hot-blooded hyperbole on The Big T (not a real nickname for Twitter, but it should be), not least of which were Anthony’s NBA co-workers. Here’s a roundup of their love for Lala‘s boy:

…and some Knicks perspective…

Metta’s Words Of Wisdom

By Nick Margiasso IV

Knicks, Lakers or any other NBA fans know that when it’s time for some real talk — some truly serious insights — you go straight to the mouth and mind of Metta World Peace. Duh. Here’s (plenty!) more proof of that, ranging from health tips everyone should brush up on to terrible, terrible ideas no one should ever use.

Without further ado …

No laughing? When Metta’s involved, that’s just not an option.

–Follow Metta World Peace on Twitter @MettaWorldPeace

Knicks’ Smith makes Twitter, own head explode with output vs. Bucks

By Nick Margiasso IV

Much-maligned Knicks guard J.R. Smith continued his zany season, aka 2013-14: A Shooting Odyssey, by scoring two more points than he had 3-point attempts. This is not necessarily weird unless you are informed that he took 17 attempts from the arc (!!!).

Now is it weird? No, you’re right, it’s something other than weird.

Hoops writers agreed on Twitter…

You know who else thinks it’s crazy? J.R. does…

Metta World Producer

By Nick Margiasso IV

It’s summer movie season, and new Knick Metta World Peace has a few ideas on how to entertain the people. He’s taken to Twitter, aka the Metta News Network (MNN, of course), to announce his amazing ideas…

So, what did his public think of his new entertainment ventures?

Enough said.

Follow Metta World Peace on Twitter.

Picture Perfect: Knicks Edition

By Nick Margiasso

It’s hard not to miss New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson on the court with his team. Even in practice, his presence looms large.

Or maybe it’s just what he’s wearing.

Thanks to Wall Street Journal Knicks beat writer Chris Herring for this gem of a pic. Follow him @HerrigWSJ.

Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Carmelo Anthony in Funny Commercials

by Micah Hart

Healthy debate going around the office today as to which of these two Foot Locker spots is better.

First up, Russell Westbrook and James Harden illustrate the many uses of tearaway clothing:

Next, Carmelo Anthony finds a way to enjoy all his sneakers at the same time:

Side note — Can you imagine how many Joe Johnsons Joe Johnson would have to hire to wear all his shoes?

So which is your favorite? I’m leaning towards the Westbrook/Harden joint myself (Harden’s deadpan look kills me every time), but I can still be swayed by opposing arguments.

H/T ESPN Playbook

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