Kristaps Porzingis ‘super mad’ over officials not calling touch fouls
Kristaps Porzingis expressed his frustration this week over how officials aren’t calling touch fouls that are fouling up his shot.
Mired in a shooting slump, the New York Knicks superstar issued a plea, imploring officials to be more proactive in calling ticky-tack fouls. Between the lack of foul calls and his shooting woes, Porzingis is even contemplating making changes to his game.
“It makes me super mad that those little touches on the elbow and arm, I know they’re small, but it affects my shot so much,” Porzingis said, via Newsday. “I’m confused. I’m thinking about should I change my game because I shoot those shots so many times over guys. It just makes me mad that I’m not able to get those calls. I have to play through that. Maybe I’ll get them as we go forward.”
Porzingis, after sitting out two games earlier this month due to a knee injury, played in a Dec. 21 victory over the Boston Celtics. In the five games since his return, Porzingis is shooting 34 percent (33-for-97). Free-throw attempts have been scarce as well. Porzingis is averaging 4.7 attempts from the charity stripe in December after averaging nearly seven in the previous two months.
“They know what’s going on,” Porzingis said of the officials. “They know those are the type of things they have to look at. Maybe it’s too hard to see. Maybe I’m too high up, I’m too long, I don’t know.”
Porzingis seemingly reached his wit’s end during Thursday’s 119-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The 7-foot-3 second-year player confronted an official at one point to illustrate how he’d been fouled. In the end, Porzingis fouled out of the game after scoring 18 points in a 6-for-16 shooting night that featured only six free throws.
Porzingis made light of a horrific shooting night earlier this month by riffing on a classic Kobe Bryant quote. It certainly appears his shooting woes — spawned by touch fouls or not — have soured his disposition on the subject.