Knicks announcers caught ripping Kristaps Porzingis by hot mic (vid)
MSG personalities Alan Hahn and Wally Szczerbiak might have some explaining to do after a hot mic caught them making unflattering remarks about New York Knicks superstar Kristaps Porzingis.
The incident in question occurred in a commercial break during the Knicks’ 117-83 blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night at Barclays Center. Porzingis, who didn’t play after the first half due to a hip injury, did not play well before he left, scoring only six points to go along three blocks. The budding superstar was a horrible minus-20 when he exited the game.
Hahn and Szczerbiak seemed to be most offended by Porzingis’ abysmal plus-minus before the injury.
Wally Szczerbiak and Alan Hahn ripping Kristaps Porzingis off camera on #MSG #Knicks #PreSeason Audio attached pic.twitter.com/6TsMcMis4H
— Steven Neco Cortez (@LifeAsKorleone) October 9, 2017
As transcribed by the New York Post:
“The other thing you could do is kill Porzingis for being minus-20 in 16 minutes,” Hahn said to Szczerbiak during a halftime commercial break. “Dude, like come on, man. You’re a star. This what you’re doing out? You’re just out there?”
Before the audio turns into a commercial, Hahn said something unclear about Porzingis having “a lot to learn.”
While it may be a fair comment to suggest Porzingis has “a lot to learn,” it warrants mentioning that the Latvian is only 22 years old and entering his third season. Many players with his age and experience are still figuring things out at the NBA level.
Moreover, given that the Knicks have embarked upon a complete overhaul with Porzingis serving as the centerpiece, it goes without saying having MSG announcers caught disparaging him on a hot mic isn’t a good look.
But this is the Knicks, after all. So, the case can be made what occurred Sunday night arguably is more or less standard operating procedure for the perpetually dysfunctional organization.