Kristaps Porzingis confused by Kevin Durant’s unicorn comment
Kevin Durant paid Kristaps Porzingis a unique — but arguably confusing — compliment ahead of Tuesday’s showdown between the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks, likening the rookie to a mythological creature. Not surprisingly, Porzingis didn’t know exactly how to take it.
“Unicorn. I didn’t know how to take that,” Porzingis said, laughing, via the New York Post. “I didn’t know what it meant.”
Durant on Monday opined Porzingis’ unique combination of skill and size is a real rarity in the NBA and somehow concluded that made him a unicorn of sorts.
“He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend, he’s a 7-footer that can shoot all the way out to the 3-point line,” Durant said. “That’s rare. And block shots — that’s like a unicorn in this league.”
In the end, despite his understandable confusion, Porzingis took the odd comparison as a compliment.
“KD, he’s a similar player, skinny, and he turned into the player he is now. I guess he sees some of that in me. That’s, for me, an honor,” he said. “Just got to keep working at it and maybe one day get to his level.”
Durant indeed was the superior player on the court Tuesday night in the Thunder’s 128-122 overtime win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, scoring a monstrous 44 points to Porzingis’ 15.
The Knicks rookie shrugged off Durant’s dominating performance as business as usual for the Thunder superstar.
“I mean, I’ve been watching him growing up now these last few years, learning his game. He just did what he does. That’s KD,” he said.
Porzingis certainly has made his presence known on the NBA season during his rookie season. While he’s absolutely correct in observing he has a long way to go to measure up to the likes of Durant, given how Knicks fans panned the decision to draft him fourth-overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, how he has performed thus far has been a revelation.