Kristaps Porzingis already has laid out expectations he intends meet with the New York Knicks and that is making the playoffs.
The Knicks have missed out on the playoffs for three straight seasons and won 32 games in the 2015-16 season.
However the addition of Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose to the roster has changed the outlook of the team.
“Obviously, the No. 1 goal is the playoffs this year,” he said Saturday at a camp he hosted for children in Westchester, New York. “That’s where my head is at. I can’t be thinking nothing past that. Right now it’s the playoffs.”
Rose has garnered attention this offseason for saying that the Knicks share the same ‘Super Team’ label as the Golden State Warriors. He also believes the Knicks have the talent to win every game they play this season. Porzingis said Saturday that he appreciates Rose’s confidence.
“I don’t know what’s a Super Team and what’s not a Super Team but what I think he meant was that we’re able to win every game,” the second-year forward/center said. “Not that we’re going to win 82 games, zero (losses). But every team that comes up, we’re able to beat them because we have enough talent. I think that’s what he meant and I like the confidence, I like that he believes that we’re good enough. So it’s just, now we’ve got to prove it. It’s enough talking and we’ve got to go out on the court and prove that we’re a good team.”