Listed at 7-foot-3, Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is already taking New York by storm, with his highlight reel of early season putback dunks and general swag. He’s also, in the words of Knicks forward Lou Amundson, “fucking tall as shit.”
Kristaps Porzingis darted from the 3-point line to the basket as star teammate Carmelo Anthony hoisted up a long jumper. The New York Knicks rookie left his feet a couple of steps outside the charge circle, unfurled his seemingly endless arms, snatched the rebound and threw down a two-handed dunk over three opponents. The Toronto Raptors’ James Johnson, Luis Scola and Jonas Valanciunas looked equally stunned.
On the Knicks bench, the players jumped in celebration. They’re used to this by now, though. As ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh noted, Porzingis’ league-leading sixth putback dunk of the year came before seven teams had recorded even a single one. How in the world does this keep happening?
“He’s f**** tall as s*** and he’s aggressive,” Knicks forward Lou Amundsen said Tuesday. “He hits the glass and he’s got good timing and he’s got long arms.”