Kristaps Porzingis: I need Carmelo Anthony, So Does The New York Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis: I need Carmelo Anthony, So Does The New York Knicks
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Will Carmelo Anthony leave the New York Knicks? Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t want him to do so. The rookie wants to play with Anthony for one more year, as he feels he has a lot to learn from Melo.


Carmelo Anthony has himself stated that he wants to help the Knicks to stage a come back, as reported we have reported earlier. Melo has a no trade clause in his contract and there had been discussions earlier that he could waive it to allow the Knicks to rebuild and himself play for a contender. But later, he pushed away at the idea. The Knicks are going to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Porzingis also wants to stay at the Knicks. “Obviously I want him to stay here. We need him. I need him,” Porzingis said. “And we don’t want to lose him.”

With Anthony and Porzingis playing together on the floor, the Knicks have registered +66 over 1,471 minutes, according to the Real GM. Latvian power forward Porzingis feels Anthony can still mentor him.

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“I need to No. 1, to learn from him. And to win. We need him to win,” Porzingis told Stefan Bondy of The News. “Without him it would be much more difficult. Him leaving would be tough but I’m not worried about that, I don’t think it’s going that way. He’s been loyal. I think he loves New York. And that’s the most important thing.”

The Knicks are 30-44 as of now, and had been officially eliminated from the playoffs after Indiana Pacers’ win on Sunday. The franchise have scored abysmally low without Anthony; they are 0-8 this season when Melo sat out.

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