Kristaps Porzingis Explores His Relationship With Luka Doncic
Redick asks him if there was a “pissing contest” between him and Doncic. For any who might be confused with the saying, it’s to show rivalry in demonstrating who’s superior.
The Boston Celtic admits there was some rivalry during his early years with the team. He even claims they tried to make it work despite them trying to one-up one another.
“Early on, for sure. I think we both tried to make it work.”Kristaps Porzingis
The big man attributes the lack of synergy to immaturity and a lack of communication from both parties.
“I think communication, like maturity, communication on both of our parts should’ve been better.”Kristaps Porzingis
His Time With The Mavericks Couldn’t Work
When asked by Redick why the one-time All-Star’s time with the Dallas Mavericks didn’t work out, he cites a few reasons.
Firstly, the 28-year-old thinks it was due to his immaturity. By that time, he only had four years in the league with the latest being a missed one due to his injury.
“It’s a big mix of things. Maturity, for sure. I’m talking about what I could have done better.”Kristaps Porzingis
Furthermore, to add to his immaturity, he wouldn’t or couldn’t pay attention to analytics and numbers. This is an essential part of any sport or competition since you want to know the ins and outs of teams. Analyzing their numbers would help spot weaknesses and strengths you can exploit.
However, he does admit that it would’ve been better if somebody properly explained the statistics and numbers to him.
“I wasn’t that much into analytics and numbers. If somebody, at that stage of my career, presented it to me the right way and said, ‘This is what we need from you. You’re gonna be way more effective doing this.’ Like kind of explain to me better, I think that would have made a difference a little bit.”Kristaps Porzingis
Meanwhile, the Latvian big man seems to be finding a good footing with his current team. He’s currently averaging 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game, helping the Celtics stay first in the Eastern Conference with a whopping 15-5 record.