With the hometown fans on hand at the Barclays Center, the New York Knicks made many of them upset (one kid to the point of crying) with their selection of 7’1″ Kristaps Porzingis. Fans booed loudly as his name was announced by Adam Silver.
“Lot of fans weren’t happy they drafted me,” Porzingis said. “I have to do everything in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans. I was happy about it. Want to be part of this organization. The fans are harsh sometimes. That’s how it is in New York, and I’m ready for it.”
Also on draft night, the Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Washington Wizards for the draft rights to Jerian Grant, a combo guard with a high basketball IQ.
There is also speculation that the Knicks will go after Spurs 3 & D specialist Guard Danny Green, a New York Native. With Green a proficient sharpshooter, he would fit in well with the Knicks and Phil Jackson’s Triangle Offense and allow Carmelo Anthony to set up down low in the post.
The New York Knicks “want to be in” the mix for free-agent guard Danny Green, league sources say, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York.