New York Knicks starters Kristaps Porzingis and Courtney Lee looked good during a midsummer muster diversion in Johannesburg, South Africa.
New York Knicks fans perceived a mangle from a offseason play surrounding Kristaps Porzingis on Saturday. Instead, they watched him do what he does best: ball.
The energy brazen participated in a second NBA Africa Game, that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The muster pitted NBA players from around a universe opposite players local to a African continent.
For a second time, Team World came out on top, 108-97. Despite Team Africa’s loss, new Indiana Pacers ensure Victor Oladipo was named a game’s MVP.
Porzingis led Team World in personification time during 27:46. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, eventually sporting a +12 plus/minus. Porzingis was not indispensably personification a kind of diversion he has turn famous for, yet – he usually attempted one three-pointer all day (which he missed).
He was concerned in one of a goofiest highlights of a game, though, display because he’s warranted a “Unicorn” nickname:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 5, 2017
Forward Courtney Lee was also there, earning a start – distinct Porzingis. He played in only underneath 20 minutes, scoring 13 points and sporting a +13 plus/minus. He strike 3 of his 7 three-point attempts.
Lee set adult Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for a large alley-oop:
— NBA (@NBA) August 5, 2017
The NBA Africa Game helps to move tellurian recognition to a ever-expanding sport. Having dual members of a Knicks there does wonders for fan morale, deliberation a play that has condemned a authorization this summer.
Porzingis didn’t play on a fringe a lot, though that falls in line with one of his goals for a entrance season: to improve his post game. He’ll have some-more opportunities to do so, with a European Championships entrance around later in a month.
Either way, it’s good to see a Knicks behind on a court, rather than in a headlines.