Riga

Who the hell is Porzee?

14 Dec 2016

Although Latvians have fought hard to cultivate the notion that they’re diehard hockey fans, they’ve recently been watching a lot of basketball, neighbouring Lithuania’s undisputed national sport. Why the sudden switch you might ask? Well, don’t get too excited. Latvia’s love for its hip-checking heroes is still undiminished, but a 2.2m (7ft, 3in)-tall man by the name of Kristaps Porziņģis has locals watching late-night NBA games in unprecedented numbers. So who is the youth that Knicks fans call KP, Porzee and even Lord Zingis? He shocked NBA fans around the globe when he was drafted by the Knicks in 2015 as the 4th pick of the entire draft. New Yorkers were livid that the coach had ‘squandered’ their pick on an unknown quantity, that is, of course, until he started playing. Once he began dunking, rebounding and nailing 3-pointers with surgical precision the tide quickly turned and it’s a rare week when Porzee doesn’t make the NBA’s top 10 plays of the week. Even hoops icon Magic Johnson tweeted ‘Knicks fans should applaud @PhilJackson11 for getting the steal of the draft in @kporzee!’ Photos courtesy of Kristaps Porziņģis on Facebook

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