Kristaps Porzingis cracks joke about fallout from ‘so tired’ comment
Kristaps Porzingis raised a few eyebrows earlier this week by revealing he was “so tired” after playing back-to-back games. In an attempt to downplay the situation, the New York Knicks superstar decided to crack a joke about it.
“I’m tired, I’m tired, I’m so tired right now,” Porzingis admitted following Wednesday’s 121-103 loss to the Washington Wizards. “I have one day to rest my legs and get back and play better and have more energy and try to bring the team’s energy up. We’re in a tough stretch. The mental part doesn’t help at all. When it’s mentally tough you don’t have it in you.”
The notion a 22-year-old would be so mentally and physically drained only 38 games into an 82-game season set off some alarms. Porzingis, however, blew off any need for concern, saying at Friday’s shootaround, “I’m fine now.” Porzingis also jokingly suggesting his comments on fatigue were perhaps a bit of gamesmanship ahead of Friday’s game against the Miami Heat.
“All I know is of course after a playing a back-to-back, everyone feels tired if you play hard. It does matter to have a day in between,” Porzingis said, via the New York Post. “It was a strategy to make the Miami Heat relax a little bit. ‘Oh, he’s tired.’ That’s why I did it. I feel good today. Don’t tell them.’’
Two NBA scouts recently opined that Porzingis lacks what it takes to be a true franchise player, that the Knicks have put too much pressure on him too early.
“It’s physically harder [but] that’s something I was preparing myself for,’’ Porzingis said of being a franchise cornerstone. “It’s not something, all of a sudden it hit me and now I have to prepare myself for it. I have to be ready for it if I want to be the guy. There can’t be any excuses with so many minutes I’m playing.”
Porzingis for all intents and purposes is probably fine. Although next time he may choose to discuss his fatigue a bit more carefully.