Kristaps Porzingis was delivered his ticket to Tarrytown on Tuesday, courtesy of a Slovenian stud who Knicks followers can solely hope will make the identical trek sooner or later.
Subsequent yr’s potential No. 1 decide, Luka Doncic, scored 27 factors and added 9 rebounds to raise Slovenia previous Porzingis’ Latvia 103-ninety seven within the quarterfinals of the European Championships in Istanbul — a bodily match that almost got here to blows.
The Knicks’ previous collided with their future when Porzingis obtained right into a scuffle with ex-Knick Anthony Randolph, who hooked arms and pulled Porzingis after the 2 battled for a rebound. They needed to be separated and acquired matching technical fouls with slightly below eight seconds left within the recreation.
“[Randolph] was enjoying soiled from the start,” Porzingis informed Eurohoops.internet. “He was trash-speaking. What occurred in the long run was pure.”
Porzingis scored 34 factors on 12-of-21 capturing and grabbed six rebounds towards the 6-foot-7 Doncic, an 18-yr-previous small ahead/capturing guard who could possibly be coming stateside subsequent yr to play within the NBA.
“[Porzingis] is a tremendous participant and a great individual. And I hope I might be like him,” Doncic advised Eurohoops.internet. “He’s a tremendous participant. Perhaps the most effective participant on the planet.”
Doncic made 7-of-14 subject objectives, together with 4 three-pointers, within the win.
“[Doncic] is a diamond of European basketball,” Slovenia’s Goran Dragic, a guard for the Warmth, informed Eurohoops.internet. “Individuals again house are actually completely happy that we received him. Don’t get me incorrect, he’s nonetheless a child. He watches cartoons, he watches ‘Associates.’ However once you put him on the ground, he’s unbelievable.”
Doncic will see one other Knick within the semifinal when Slovenia takes on Willy Hernangomez and Spain, an eighty four-seventy two winner over Germany in one other quarterfinal. Hernangomez scored seven factors and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Latvia’s exit from the event signifies that Porzingis ought to have loads of time to get to New York for the beginning of coaching camp on Sept. 25.
Randolph tallied sixteen factors and 9 rebounds whereas Dragic chipped in 26 factors and eight assists for Slovenia.