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#pounditSaturday, May 15, 2021

Twitter roasts Knicks coach for suggestion about Kristaps Porzingis

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David Fizdale may be thinking a little too outside the box for some New York Knicks fans’ likings.

Speaking with the media on Thursday, the Knicks head coach said that he had thought about playing a jumbo lineup with star big man Kristaps Porzingis at the small forward spot, according to The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov. The idea would be a positionless style of play featuring length all over the floor.

The idea of playing Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 stretch big, at the 3 sounded bizarre to many, and Fizdale promptly got roasted on Twitter for the suggestion.

It is true that long, versatile lineups that can stretch the floor on offense and switch everything on defense are quite popular these days. The Knicks can also afford to experiment in what should be a rebuilding year — Porzingis is likely out for the first several months of the 2018-19 season as he recovers from the ACL tear that he suffered in February. But asking their star player to defend small forwards out on the perimeter could be asking for disaster in addition to the fact that it would fail to maximize his talents as a scorer.

Strangely enough, this is not the first time that a Knicks coach has suggested playing Porzingis at small forward, and that coach no longer has his job.


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