The Knicks can’t wait to get Kristaps Porzingis back.
The Knicks should be sending a private plane to bring Porzingis back to New York as fast as possible.
The Knicks’ biggest star – sorry, Carmelo Anthony – was the victim of a cheap shot from ex-Knick Anthony Randolph Tuesday during a quarterfinal matchup at the EuroBasket2017 tournament in Turkey.
As Porzingis was crashing the basket late looking for an offensive rebound during Latvia’s elimination game against Slovenia, Randolph hooked Porzingis’ arm and tried to toss the young NBA star to the ground.
The pair had to be separated and each received a technical foul.
Porzingis accused the former NBA journeyman – Randolph played 17 games for the Knicks in 2010-2011 – of dirty play.
“He was playing dirty from the beginning,” Porzingis said after the game, per EuroHoops.net. “He was trash talking. What happened in the end was natural.”
Despite a game-high 34 points from Porzingis, Latvia lost to Slovenia 103-97 in Istanbul. The Knicks star scored 16 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to lead a late charge.
Luka Doncic, 18, scored 27 points and added nine rebounds for Slovenia. Randolph – who has played overseas since 2014 – finished with nine points.
Slovenia moves on to face Spain in the semifinals.
For the Knicks they can breathe a sigh of relief that Porzingis has escaped his national team duty unharmed.