Kristaps Porzingis is still very tall—too tall, perhaps?—but this should alleviate some of Phil Jackson’s concerns: the big guy has bulked up over the summer.

The New York Knicks rookie reports that he’s gained “five kilos” through an intense weight-lifting program, and is confident that he’ll be able to hold his own in the trenches of the League.

(It’s great, by the way, that the metric system has now taken over #MuscleWatch.)

The fourth overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft says he can hardly wait for training camp to kick off later this month.

Per the NY Post:

“It’s the upper body,’’ Porzingis said. “Guys can’t push me around that easy, and I still got time to get a little stronger. I can’t wait for training camp.’’

 

Porzingis confirmed he’s put on “five kilos’’ since late July — equivalent to 11 pounds. “I’m working out twice a day, lifting hard, trying to eat as much as possible to gain weight, getting my sleep, doing the right things to gain weight. I’m getting stronger and I’m feeling stronger playing in five-on-five pickup. Definitely feeling stronger.’’

 

Porzingis said he’s played five-on-five with no-longer rehabbing Carmelo Anthony at Anthony’s new gym in Manhattan. The games have also included Knicks’ Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway, Jerian Grant, Thanasis Antetokounmpo and area college players.