Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis advises Kevin Knox to use draft boos as fuel

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When the New York Knicks drafted Kevin Knox with the ninth overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, history repeated itself once more.

The Kentucky forward was greeted with a chorus of boos as he walked across the stage to greet NBA commissioner Adam Silver, similar to how another Knicks player was greeted three years prior.

Kristaps Porzingis experienced the same negativity from Knicks fans when he was selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 draft.

It seems as though the new teammates have already bonded over this matter.


Speaking to ESPN, Knox revealed that Porzingis contacted him after he was booed by the Knicks fans once he had been drafted to offer him some advice.

The advice which the Latvian gave the draftee was fantastic, as he told him to use it as motivation to work harder and eventually the boos will change into cheers.

Knox said: “He asked me how the fans reacted and I told him I got the same amount of boos as you got. He just laughed and he said, ‘It’s all motivation and fuel to the fire.’

"He said, ‘Just work. Sooner or later they’ll be cheering for you.'”

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It's good to see Porzingis take Knox under his wing quickly and help him adapt to life in the NBA, which in the city of New York, needs to happen sooner rather than later because of the attention the city receives.

Knicks head coach David Fitzdale has already said that he would be looking into possibly starting Knox next season, so the 18-year-old may not have to wait long to prove those that booed him wrong on the court.

Knox may get more of the ball than he expected in his first year with the Knicks as Porzingis could still be on the sidelines well into the season itself due to his injury. 

However, if the forward is able to live up to the same standard the Latvian has, an NBA All-Star, then Knicks fans will be in for a real treat for years to come.

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