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Kristaps Porzingis responds to RJ Barrett’s posterizing chatter

Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday swatted away RJ Barrett’s trash talk about wanting to posterize him with the same proficiency the 7-foot-3 star has demonstrated in blocking shots during his NBA career.

Barrett recently revealed in a Bleacher Report “Ask Me Anything” session which player he’d most like to posterize with a dunk.

“Let’s go with Porzingis,” the New York Knicks rookie replied to a fan’s inquiry.

The Dallas Mavericks star evidently has since caught wind of Barrett’s comments, and delivered a solid, if understated, response.

“He said he wants to dunk on me? That’s fine,” a smiling Porzingis told reporters in Dallas on Thursday, via the New York Post. “I’m a shot-blocker. I don’t know what some people are saying. I’m one of the best shot-blockers in the league and I’m always up for the challenge. I think that’s a pretty good goal for him to try to dunk on me. That would be cool. I respect that.”

There’s a good chance that the response out of Barrett, the No. 3 overall pick by the Knicks in the 2019 NBA Draft, was motivated in part by a desire to ingratiate himself to his team’s fan base. After all, Porzingis did not leave New York on the best of terms after demanding the Knicks trade him last season.

For what it’s worth, however, Porzingis averaged two blocks per game during his three seasons with the Knicks, a clip which would have put him among the top-five rim protectors in the NBA had he played last season.

In other words, in light of his shot-blocking prowess and confident response, odds are Porzingis hopes Barrett brings it when the Mavs and Knicks square off on Nov. 8 in Dallas.