That’s why owner Jim Dolan became proactive and Perry was hired and why the Knicks must make critical decisions that fortify the roster and create an environment that Porzingis can believe in.
Lots will depend on what they do with Anthony, either before the season begins or at some point during it. The wedge between Anthony and the team is real. As the team prepares to embark on a rebuilding process centered around Porzingis, Anthony appears to be an odd fit in the back nine of his career. He’s reportedly willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Knicks send him to the Rockets, and thus the delicate dance between teams continue as they try to sort out the tricky task of compensation.
If the Knicks get a fair return for Anthony, that would do plenty to help keep Porzingis’ confidence in the new regime. Porzingis has a solid relationship with Anthony and is a vested spectator at the ongoing spectacle. In a perfect world according to Porzingis, there would be no reason to trade Anthony.
“He’s an All-Star, an incredible player and I’ve learned so much from him,” Porzingis said. “There’s still so much for me to learn form him. I would love to have him around and keep playing alongside him. But it is what it is. It’s a business. If it ends, well … I don’t know, it’s out of my hands. I’m really thankful for these couple of years I’ve been with him, just seeing how he works during the summer. It proves he wants to win and he wants to be great. I’m sure he’ll make the right decision for himself.”
Porzingis has channeled his energy away from the turbulence of New York and toward an offseason fitness program he thinks will help raise his game. That’s why he is staying home, rather than New York, this summer.
The program centers on strength-building, especially lower body, and skill development. Porzingis realizes the need to tighten a body that was too lean. He’s excited by the progress so far and hopes to see results starting later this month when he plays for his national team.
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“Been working three times a day, lifting weights, running on the track, swimming, basketball, all kinds of stuff,” he said. “Just trying to get myself stronger for next season. It’s going to be a big year for me. I’m so excited, putting in so much work. I can’t wait play again and have it show on the court.”